August 15, 2008

“Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” [Source:]

How Does Twitter Keep You Prepared for Emergencies?


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Disaster Action Team (DAT)

August 15, 2008

A team of trained Red Cross workers sent to the scene of a disaster to provide immediate disaster relief to those affected by disaster and to emergency workers responding to the incident. DAT workers often consist of both paid workers and volunteers.

Disaster Services

August 14, 2008

Each year, the American Red Cross responds immediately to more than 70,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters.

Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs.

The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to disaster victims, and helps those affected by disaster to access other available resources.