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Red Cross relies on social media in disasters

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

In emergency situations, details may take some time to emerge, but organizations like the American Red Cross said they turn to social media to let others know about what's going on, and to give and get updates about disasters.

During the Glen Oaks Apartment Fire, just over a week ago, the organization tweeted about where those in need could find immediate help like food, clothing, and shelter.

Those who work at the Red Cross said tweeting helps them get the message out there quickly and concisely.

"The Red Cross is really monitoring social media and being very active with it because it is the new norm, in terms of how people are expecting to get information and everything changes so quickly," Executive Director of the Siouxland Chapter of the Red Cross Tammy Lee said.

Lee said the national organization monitors social media sites 24-7 to always maintain accuracy even in about 140 characters.

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