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Tech Talk: Kenya Red Cross uses social media in emergencies

There is no national emergency number like 911 in Kenya and no national disaster plan. Emergency services are notoriously unresponsive and slow to react. Instead, organizations like the Kenya Red Cross use social media to spread information and coord...

#CRCSyria - Join the Red Cross for a Twitter chat

Join us on Twitter Thursday, Oct. 3 at noon ET for a live Twitter chat on the Syria crisis. The Canadian Red Cross is hosting this chat to raise awareness about the humanitarian disaster. The conflict in Syria and the resulting massive refugee inf...

Canadian Red Cross goes social for Social Media Week #smwtoredcross

The Canadian Red Cross social media team is one of many emergency management teams using social media to help respond to disasters. In 2012, our own survey about the use of social media in disasters showed us that the majority of Canadians expect eme...

Canadian Red Cross hosts Twitter chat on Syrian crisis

6.8 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance; more than 2 million are refugees; 4.25 million are displaced in their own country. One of the world’s worst humanitarian emergencies is unfolding in Syria, and aid agencies around the...

Tech Talk: Using video games to help disaster responders

Imagine if you could help respond to disasters while enjoying your favourite video game from the comfort of your couch? The Internet Response League has you covered! Social media has proven to be an important tool for disaster response. Organi...

Introducing the Disaster preparedness calculator app

Are you prepared for a disaster? Not sure? Well, there’s an app for that! Check out our new disaster preparedness calculator app created with the support of the Red Cross’ leading corporate partner, Walmart. Using this Facebook app is easy: jus...

Tech Talk: Social volunteers take action in Alberta flooding

With Alberta flooding, the Red Cross was not only inundated on the ground with requests for support, but it was also inundated online. Our social monitoring shows that more than 19,000 people tweeted the Red Cross in the first two weeks, and hundreds...

Welcoming Christine to the Social Media Team

We are extending a warm Red Cross welcome to Christine Pantazis! Christine (@wedding_crasher) is the newest Social Ambassador to join our team. She is a trained digital volunteer with the Red Cross and has been helping in social media in times of dis...

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The purpose of this blog, quite simply, is to talk. This blog is an opportunity for Red Cross staff, volunteers, supporters and friends to share stories about what is happening in your community and the important work you are doing. It is a tool that will help keep all of us connected.

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