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Using social media for help with Irene

A look at Hurricane Irene.

A look at Hurricane Irene. Photo Credit: NASA

Twitter and Facebook – they’re not just for socializing.

In times of disaster and significant threats – Hello, Irene – people increasingly are turning to social media and mobile technology to seek help and get and give information. That’s according to the American Red Cross, which recently released findings of two surveys.

“Social media is becoming an integral part of disaster response,” said Wendy Harman, director of social strategy, in a release.

Following is a sampling of area resources to help Long Islanders through the coming days:

Facebook:
•Long Island Red Cross - http://www.facebook.com/LIRedCross
•Hurricane Irene Long Island - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hurricane-Irene-Long-Island/199136783481699
•News 12 Long Island - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hurricane-Irene-Long-Island/199136783481699#!/News12LI
•Newsday -- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hurricane-Irene-Long-Island/199136783481699#!/LINews

Twitter:
•Newsday’s Hurricane Irene Twitter list - https://twitter.com/#!/newsday/hurricane-irene

And not social media, but from Mashable.com:
•12 Ways to Track the Storm Online - http://mashable.com/2011/08/23/hurricane-irene-track-online/
•NASA’s full earth view of hurricane Irene - http://mashable.com/2011/08/26/hurricane-irene-from-space/

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