Red Cross looking for digital volunteers

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Whether it’s a natural disaster, terrorism or anything else catastrophic, the American Red Cross-Central Texas is ready to help.  Now the group is looking for volunteers savvy in the social media world to help out virtually.

The Red Cross said posting on Twitter and Facebook can help get vital information out to people during a time of distress and save lives in real time.  It wants for

Digital Volunteer Training

  • Tuesday July 22, 2014
  • 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Free
  • American Red Cross-Central Texas chapter at 2218 Pershing Drive
  • 512-929-1237
  • Volunteer application

“They can be a volunteer from the comfort of their own couch and what that allows us to do is engage individuals from the community who may not have had the time to or ability to be a Red Cross Disaster Volunteer in another capacity,” said Bristel Bowen, regional direction of communications for Red Cross Central Texas.
Bowen said digital volunteers, also known as “Digi-Vals” were first created after Super Storm Sandy hit in 2012.

A handful of volunteers helped get information out during last week’s severe weather in Central Texas.  They’ll post information about areas to avoid, where to find help and how.

Dell donated the “DigiDoc” stations for Red Cross volunteers to use.  The Red Cross said during times of no disasters, it wants to make sure it engaging with people on social media.  That includes letting people know about preparedness and keeping an open dialogue with people via Twitter and Facebok.

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