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Red Cross uses social media in disaster response

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This picture was posted by the Red Cross showing people across the country that children staying at a New Jersey shelter didn't miss Halloween. Red Cross officials tell us social media is changing the way they receive and send information during a disaster.

Red Cross volunteers and victims of Sandy are taking to social media to share information. Red Cross officials tell us it's working two ways in this disaster. Red Cross officials are able to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter about where shelters and food trucks are. On the other side people dealing with damage are able to use social media to tell officials where different damage is and where people are in need of help. Then Red Cross officials say they can look at that information and decide if they need to send volunteers to check out these different areas. The Red Cross says so far 800,000 tweets have gone out from Hurricane Sandy.

The Red Cross also posted pictures from a Halloween event at a shelter. Kids at a New Jersey shelter set up at Pleasantville High School didn't miss Halloween. They got candy, their faces painted, and the United Way brought in costumes. These images were easily shared online across the country. The Red Cross says images like those give hope to people living through this disaster.

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