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The use of social media in crisis and the new Facebook crisis centre

With social media being such an important part of our daily lives, it comes as no surprise that these tools are becoming an important source of information during crises such as earthquakes, hurricanes and other emergencies.
 

Tech Talk: How Facebook can help in disasters

Last week, Facebook announced it was partnering with humanitarian organizations including the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) to help fill a data gap that occurs when a disaster strikes.

Tech Talk: Why misinformation can be dangerous in disasters

When people are facing an emergency or disaster, there’s a natural desire to seek as much information as one can find, as there’s an urgency to take action. Knowledge is empowering. It helps people make the best possible decision for their family, such as how to prepare for the disaster, whether to evacuate, when to remain safely at home, where to go, and what services are available. Knowledge also alleviates fear of the unknown.

Showing your respect: #RedCrossRespect photo challenge winners

Thank you to all who submitted their selfies in the #RedCrossRespect photo challenge! Youth were asked to submit photos that represented healthy relationships to them and here are our winners from the contest – congratulations Andi, Elizabeth, Emilie and Heather!

Share your selfies in the Red Cross Photo Challenge for Youth

Calling all youth to snap selfies and share on social media for a chance to win an iTunes gift card!
Post a photo of what healthy relationship means to you to participate in the #RedCrossRespect challenge.

Twitter chat: Promoting healthy and respectful youth relationships

On October 21 at 7 p.m. EST, join in our Twitter chat on relationships, respect and abuse prevention.  
Use the hashtag #RedCrossRespect to join the conversation and help build momentum for a healthy and positive community.

Share your Words Against Ebola

Hope, solidarity, dignity, knowledge, love, compassion. These words have been crucial in supporting the communities affected by the Ebola outbreak. And these words have inspired a new Red Cross Red Crescent campaign called Words Against Ebola.

Musician Tom Jackson partners with Red Cross to inspire change

Aimed at inspiring Canadians into action, musician and lifelong philanthropist Tom Jackson is releasing his new single “I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying”, which focuses on global wellness and the belief that, together, we can put an end to war.

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