Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 2

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The largest theme that is constant in disaster philanthropy is partnership. Historically, and initial numbers from recent disasters reflect the same trend, corporations focus on the use of intermediaries to ensure their large donations are distributed to the correct organizations.

Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 1

Connection Cafe

If disasters cannot be predicted or planned, is it reasonable to expect a situation where the philanthropic world is prepared to immediately address the pressing needs that surface in affected areas, both short and long-term? This same report shows funding overall for disasters from large U.S.

Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 3 

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Like other areas of disaster philanthropy we’ve explored, how you measure the outcomes of the contributions your organization has made greatly depends on the timing of such funding or donations. In the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster, organizations should focus on outputs.

Using Geospatial Maps in Time of Disaster

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Geospatial mapping is an increasingly hot topic in large-scale natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma Tornadoes. As technology continues to advance, data mapping is moving from being a powerful tool for specific cases to being a new norm in all disaster relief.

Disaster Can Strike Anywhere. Is Your Organization Prepared?

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After working at the Red Cross for nearly 4 years, I learned a long time ago that real disasters aren’t always the ones you see coming. Does your organization need a disaster fundraising plan? There are several components to a disaster fundraising plan.

Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

My contribution to the panel is to provide context about the use of social media in emergency and disaster response as well as an overview of some of the tools we saw deployed last year and we may see in the future. 100% of donations went directly to disaster relief.

Disaster Relief Memo to Fundraisers: Lessons for Sandy from Katrina

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As the East Coast starts cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy, those of us … Annual Fund Stewardship Disaster Giving disaster relief

Free South Carolina Disaster Home Cleanup Hotline Available Now

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7, 2015 – From now through October 31st, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center ( www.ITDRC.org ), Humanity Road ( www.HumanityRoad.org ), and VisionLink ( www.VisionLink.org ), are staffing and supporting a free hotline for the survivors of the South Carolina floods.

Sharing the Experience of Disaster: Colorado Floods

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Our hearts and minds go out to all those now beginning the difficult work of recovery--in this flood--and in the other disasters that occur in this nation and around the world every day.

Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post

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Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post : "The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has launched an Android-based mobile application that helps users anticipate natural disasters and share disaster-related information. The app, called Mass Rapid Assessment (MRA), was launched during a seminar on IT-Telekom and people''s disaster preparedness and resilience in South Jakarta on Thursday." ''via Blog this

Tech aids Philippines disaster relief | ITWeb

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Tech aids Philippines disaster relief | ITWeb : By Joanne Carew, portals journalist. Johannesburg, 13 Nov 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan has been labelled as one of the worst natural disasters on record. In the aftermath of the storm, which hit the Philippines last week, relief workers, survivors and international aid organisations are turning to technology to co-ordinate their efforts

'Using technology to do good': Disaster Tech Lab - Independent.ie

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''Using technology to do good'': Disaster Tech Lab - Independent.ie : An Irish NGO has brought emergency communications systems to disaster-stricken countries like Haiti, The Philippines, and Sandy-hit Long Island since setting up in 2010

Apps for Disaster Planning

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup recently updated its disaster planning and recovery guide, The Resilient Organization , to include the new ways nonprofits, charities, and public libraries are using technology. by Symantec (Android, iOS) before disaster strikes.

Featured Topic: Disaster Planning and Recovery

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Featured Topic: Disaster Planning and Recovery : Disaster preparedness isn''t just about being ready for a fire or earthquake; it''s a nimble, flexible approach to your organization''s day-to-day programs and operations. A natural disaster may never hit your office, but by adopting certain technologies and strategies, you can deepen your nonprofit''s impact and make your work faster and more efficient.

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Resources

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Prepare Your Organization for Any Disaster. Help prepare your organization for any type of disaster with our disaster planning and recovery guide. Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition. How the Cloud Can Make a Difference for Disaster Relief.

Microsoft Launches Free Disaster Relief App

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Microsoft Launches Free Disaster Relief App : Microsoft has recently released a new Disaster Relief app that goes under the name HelpBridge. HelpBridge also allows users to alert family and friends that they’re OK after a disaster strikes The application is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. The application allows you to do two things: ask for help and give help.

How Emerging Tech Is Changing Disaster Relief

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I thought it would be interesting to look at some recent examples of emerging technology for disaster relief in action. Earlier this year, I attended an event organized by the Red Cross to brainstorm and develop ideas surrounding emerging technology and disaster relief. disaster

Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster

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Writing from the national conference of the National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (NVOAD). Particularly in this season of storms, the resources and efforts of the NVOAD Members are truly extraordinary, and as they activate and keep working past the initial news cycle for any specific disaster, they are not as well known as they deserve to be. The Coordinated Assistance Network is supporting integrated, multi-agency client services for thousands of disaster survivors.

How 'Crisis Mapping' Is Shaping Disaster Relief in Nepal

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How 'Crisis Mapping' Is Shaping Disaster Relief in Nepal : "Answering those questions is the goal of crisis mapping, which has become an important assist to first responders in Nepal as they try to untangle logistics and respond to needs for medical care, shelter, and food and water since calamity struck last Saturday." 'via

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iPhone App for Disaster Shelters

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VisionLink has launched a Shelter View iPhone App now available in the Apple iTunes store, providing information about disaster shelters across the United States. The application provides links to donate, or to view up to date disaster information from the Red Cross Newsroom website. It is, however, a great easy way to keep up to date with small and large disasters across the United States.

Recovers.org, a Marketplace for Disaster Relief - Businessweek

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Recovers.org, a Marketplace for Disaster Relief - Businessweek : O’Neill’s startup, Recovers.org, has set up websites in four New York City boroughs to manage relief efforts and prevent the logistical chaos that often follows catastrophes when well-meaning volunteers overwhelm government officials and relief organizations.

Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time | Beth’s Blog

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Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time | Beth’s Blog : "Note from Beth: Peter Panepento wrote a thoughtful piece earlier this week about #givedaylessons and gave me permission to republish it here. Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time – Guest Post by Peter Panepento" 'via Blog this'.

Poor suffer digital deficit in disasters - Red Cross

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Poor suffer digital deficit in disasters - Red Cross : In its annual World Disasters Report, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) charts the revolutionary impact of technology on humanitarian aid, but also explores the barriers to its adoption.

Disaster-relief vending machines on the rise - The Japan News

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Disaster-relief vending machines on the rise - The Japan News : When the Great East Japan Earthquake hit on March 11, 2011, Coca-Cola Japan Co. took advantage of the remote control functions on about 400 disaster-relief vending machines, equipped with batteries for backup, in the Tokyo metropolitan area and other locations. The Tokyo-headquartered company offered more than 88,000 of its beverages for free to people who had difficulty returning home in the aftermath of the disaster.

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Support Disaster Relief in Haiti

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People are using the Internet to stay informed about the disaster, help communicate what's happening, and to donate to charities. The images coming out of Haiti following Tuesday's earthquake are heartbreaking. It is comforting to know that so many nonprofit organizations are already helping on the ground and more relief is on the way. The volume of online donations on January 13th was 3 times that of December 31st and growing

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The Social Media Response to the Disaster in Haiti

Amy Sample Ward

I have a guest post up on the NTEN blog discussing some of the ways social media was put into action as soon as the earthquakes struck in Haiti: When disaster strikes, we want information as soon as possible and we want to help just as quickly. But the way we think about and turn to social media in a time of disaster is changing. The disaster in Haiti is a perfect example of these changes: the impact of the Real-Time Web and the power of our phones.

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An Inside View of Harnessing Technology to Support Disaster Relief

Tech Soup Blog

Applying technology to disaster relief has evolved by leaps and bounds since I joined 2,000 people, most of whom I'd never met, to tackle the problem of creating a single searchable database of every person displaced by Hurricane Katrina in the days after the disaster.

5 Ways Libraries Support Disaster Relief and Recovery

Tech Soup Blog

" Saskatoon Public Library's support is just one of many examples of public libraries supporting disaster preparedness and relief. Educating the Public on Disaster Preparedness. The library is a natural place for community members to obtain information on disaster preparedness.

Facebook assembles group to plan for disasters - CNN.com

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Facebook assembles group to plan for disasters - CNN.com. NPFacebook NPDisasterRelief NPtech

Upcoming Free Webinar This Thursday! Disaster-Proof Your Nonprofit or Library Tech

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With this year being the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation, it's a good time to make sure your organization is prepared to remain resilient and keep the doors open to serve your community - whether you face a natural disaster or a simple server failure.

Red Cross Fights Disasters With Social Media, Mobile Apps GOOGL - Investors.com

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Red Cross Fights Disasters With Social Media, Mobile Apps GOOGL - Investors.com : "In response, disaster relief organizations are creating mobile apps and better leveraging technologies like geographic information systems (GIS) and social media to improve their reach and services.

Microsoft HelpBridge: A Disaster Response App

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Microsoft's HelpBridge is a free app available on all the major mobile platforms that connects you with friends and family during a disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane. Donate money or requested goods to selected disaster relief organizations. Apps for Disaster Planning.

Text Messages Aren't Enough When Natural Disasters Strike | Fast Company

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Text Messages Aren't Enough When Natural Disasters Strike | Fast Company : The American Red Cross has released a new survey that claims Americans are increasingly relying on the Internet and social media for disaster information. According to the Red Cross, 18% of Americans regularly rely on Facebook to obtain disaster information.

Red Cross Launches Social Media Disaster Response Center

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Red Cross Launches Social Media Disaster Response Center : The Red Cross and Dell have jointly launched a Digital Operations Center, the first social media-monitoring platform dedicated to humanitarian relief. The Digital Operations Center will equip the Red Cross to better share safety and preparedness tips during natural disasters.

Technology's Impact on Disaster Relief

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project has a slew of resources for both responders and those affected by disasters. Tweak the Tweet is a layered map that shows the locations of disaster-related Twitter hashtags. Check out TechSoup's Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Resources.

Technology for Resilience: The Future of Disaster Relief

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Disaster preparedness is something every nonprofit and public library needs to be on top of — whether you deal with disaster relief directly or not. The Red Cross identified seven emerging technologies for disaster relief: Drones. How can they support disaster relief?

Big Data: A Natural Solution for Disaster Relief | SmartData Collective

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Big Data: A Natural Solution for Disaster Relief | SmartData Collective : Terrestrial challenges, on the other hand, are currently more amenable to big data. One of big data’s true strengths lies in crisis mapping, the process of using visualizations, footage, analysis and apps to get an overview of a disaster as it evolves.

TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide

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Most organizations don't think about disaster planning until it's too late. Since Hurricane Katrina struck the US in 2005, TechSoup has created and maintained content specific to nonprofits, libraries, and charities on disaster planning and recovery.

Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

“ Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time – Guest Post by Peter Panepento. It would be easy for community foundations to back away from giving days in the wake of the Kimbia disaster and similar problems that plagued Minnesota’s popular Give to the Max Day in 2013.

American Red Cross takes serious look at using drones for disaster relief, holds off for now - The Washington Post

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American Red Cross takes serious look at using drones for disaster relief, holds off for now - The Washington Post : "A new study, commissioned by the American Red Cross, calls drones one of the most promising and powerful new technologies to improve disaster response and relief efforts." ''via Blog this