Corporate Sponsors Team Up with Country Star for Disaster Relief Efforts

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Country superstar Alan Jackson wanted to raise money for tornado disaster relief that devastated his hometown, so he teamed up with two corporate sponsors for his first in-person concert in more than a year. Celebrities Disaster Relief Events

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. Whether it’s direct or indirect content, why do citizens turn to social media in moments of need or disaster? 100% of donations went directly to disaster relief. Social Media in Disaster Response. link] Hurricane_Katrina_disaster_relief.

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Apps for Disaster Planning

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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. To supplement this section, we compiled the best disaster preparedness apps from TechSoup donation partners, government agencies, other nonprofits, and more. Android, iOS, Windows Phone) connects you with friends and family during a large-scale disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane.

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. Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way. Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: Webinar Recap. Disaster Recovery, Knowledge Sharing, Cloud Computing, and More.

Why the Most Advanced Disaster Relief Software Saves You Time & Money

VisionLink

Visionlink announces new disaster relief and disaster operations modules, and now all listed on one page to share with your staff and stakeholders. Built by disaster experts — this matters when everything is going wrong and everyone is under duress.

How Emerging Tech Is Changing Disaster Relief

Tech Soup Blog

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. The Red Cross identified seven technologies that could be used in disaster relief: Drones. Of all of these technologies, 3D printing has had the longest history of being used for disaster relief.

Corporate Responsibility’s Role During Disaster Response

Connection Cafe

Although we never want to see disaster happen, every company needs to plan for it. The unexpected news of a disaster occurring can disrupt the communities that businesses se rve and where their employees and customers work and live in.

Using Geospatial Maps in Time of Disaster

VisionLink

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. VisionLink President & CEO Dr. Douglas Zimmerman discusses these important shifts in disaster mapping and partnership-building in the Mapping Disasters article of Apogeo Spatial Magazine.

Technology's Impact on Disaster Relief

Tech Soup Blog

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. Recovers.org is a simple tool that helps affected communities create websites to organize disaster recovery efforts. Check out TechSoup's Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Resources. social media disaster recovery mapping mobile phone apps

How To Create a Business Disaster Recovery Plan

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40% of businesses close shop permanently after a disaster, and another 25 percent that does reopen, fail within a year. Without a business disaster recovery (BDR) plan, you run the risk of losing everything you’ve worked so hard to build.

Nonprofit Technology Planning for Disasters (and Turnover)

John Kenyon

Every year we face natural disasters from fires to hurricanes to earthquakes to tornadoes and flooding. We never know when disaster may strike. Turnover & Disaster Planning similarities. A good transition/disaster plan includes, but is not limited to: Documentation.

How You Can Help with Disaster Relief

NonProfit Hub

Here’s how you can help with disaster relief efforts today and every day. Another way to help disaster victims is to join the fundraising effort. The federal government sets aside money in case disaster strikes, but their funding decisions are made with the assumption that civilians will help provide financial aid. One of the biggest problems that occurs after disasters is an influx of untrained volunteers. We never know when disasters are going to happen.

The Single Most Important Thing to Prepare for Disasters

Tech Soup Blog

On this 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, we polled a variety of smart NPtech cognoscenti on the single most important thing charities need to do to prepare for a disaster. The Red Cross has excellent free mobile apps that are specific to first aid, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other disaster cases. Then the key disaster preparedness concern becomes communication, not system and data preservation. 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. The American Library Association put together this helpful annotated bibliography to help you provide support for disaster preparation and response in your community.

Disaster Preparedness: The Math Behind How & Why You Should Invest

Connection Cafe

As we enter the beginning of disaster season, it can’t help but feel like we have already been in disaster season all year long. And while no one can predict when or where a disaster will occur, data continues to back being prepared over-responding after the fact.

Technology for Resilience: The Future of Disaster Relief

Tech Soup Blog

Disaster preparedness is something every nonprofit and public library needs to be on top of — whether you deal with disaster relief directly or not. Sometimes the communities you serve are affected by disaster, and there's also the chance that your own organization could face some sort of disaster. The Red Cross is holding global workshops that bring together tech and nonprofit communities to explore how new technologies can be adopted for disaster relief.

Microsoft HelpBridge: A Disaster Response App

Tech Soup Blog

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. It also lets you discover and donate to organizations involved in disaster response work, and find opportunities to volunteer. The main HelpBridge function is of course to make it easy for disaster victims to notify loved ones about their location and needs. Apps for Disaster Planning.

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. Technology Challenges in Katrina Disaster Relief. Big disaster relief organizations have a traditional hierarchical structure with lots of bosses and bureaucracy. disaster disasterorg

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

Tech Soup Blog

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. Eastern for Disaster-Proof Your Nonprofit or Library Tech , a free webinar with IT and disaster preparedness expert Lars Eric Holm from CARD.

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? Whether it be massive destruction from a hurricane, an Ebola outbreak, or a persistent wildfire, the social sector’s approach to disaster aid has traditionally been reactive, focusing on immediate aid.

Social Media for Disaster Relief

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Social media has become an important tool in helping to plan for, assess, and recover from disasters. Here are some examples of how social media has improved disaster relief. Social media has become an important tool in helping to plan for, assess, and recover from disasters. Whether used by citizens, aid organizations or world governments social media is enabling those providing assistance to organize and mobilize more quickly than ever before.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 75: Best Practices in Disaster Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

Donors want to help when disaster strikes, but they often don’t realize how long disaster recovery can really take. Donors often contribute toward disaster relief when the news of the disaster is fresh, but months or even years later, the recovery is still in progress and a variety of needs still require funding. Topics Discussed in This Episode: How to define a disaster, and the increasing number of disasters occurring each year.

TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide

Tech Soup Blog

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. We have recently revised this content in our Disaster Planning and Recovery page to reflect changes in the way nonprofits and libraries are using technology, namely: Mobile.

Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition

Tech Soup Blog

This edition of the App It Up project "Cool App Roundup" highlights different ways apps can be used in disaster, crisis, and emergency situations. Preparing for Disaster. The FEMA app includes preparation guidelines for a variety of disasters, including checklists, safety tips, and local shelter maps. Learn more about how Windows Azure has been used for disaster and emergency response here.

How Does Hurricane Sandy Fundraising Compare to Other Disasters?

sgEngage

Disaster fundraising for Hurricane Sandy appears to be lagging other major events, but there is a lot more going on here than initial appearances. Research & Trends Disaster Giving fundraising Hurricane Sandy Online Fundraising online giving

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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Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 3 

Connection Cafe

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. Let me ask you, do you think these outputs are being considered when the immediate outpouring of support comes in right after the disaster? . Let’s talk about impact. .

Free South Carolina Disaster Home Cleanup Hotline Available Now

VisionLink

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. Call 1-800-451-1954 for free help from local relief agencies BOULDER, Colo. –

Finding the Right Nonprofit Partner Before Disaster Strikes

Connection Cafe

When looking for the right nonprofit organization to build a disaster relief strategy with, there are going to be a few questions you must ask yourself: › Is this for a disaster that has impacted my company directly? Don’t send your used clothes to a community in a disaster.

Sharing the Experience of Disaster: Colorado Floods

VisionLink

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. Douglas Zimmerman VisionLink www.visionlink.org (Note, you can learn more from our disaster maps at boulderflood2013.communityos.org , register or search for friends and relatives on Safe and Well , or download the Shelter View App , to get up to date information about currently open shelters

Microsoft's Windows Azure and Disaster Response

Tech Soup Blog

What few are aware of, however, is that the Windows Azure platform also has the capability of serving communities that have been affected by disasters. Recently, the folks at Microsoft ,with help from public sector and nonprofit partners including TechSoup, have been examining and refining the use of an Azure-based disaster and emergency response portal. cloud Microsoft disaster response disaster recovery disaster cloud computing Windows Azure

2-1-1 Disaster Shelter Resources

VisionLink

Then consider connecting to the National Shelter System to have information about disaster shelters at your finger tips, and for those you serve. Operating a 2-1-1 call center? Information and Referral? Elder care hotline or other similar solution? You can have an account on the National Shelter System, or have access to the XML open shelters data feed. You can use this data feed to drive information in your resource system, to display on maps and more.

Support Disaster Relief in Haiti

NetWits

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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Preparing for Disaster: Tech Planning 4 Your Mission Part 3/3

Tech Soup Blog

Now let’s look at technology disaster preparedness. Preparing for Disaster. We don’t mean the power-surge-ate-my-blog-post kind of disaster, though. Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP) outlining the off-site locations of backup servers, roles and responsibilities, emergency contacts, etc. Here Are Our Top Ten Disaster Preparation Strategies. will be helpful in a disaster, as you’ll already have a list of. disaster.

TechSoup Japan Disaster Relief Program Launches to Assist Local NGOs

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As the weeks pass, the disaster recovery is increasingly shifting out of the hands of professional first-responder organizations into the hands of the local NGO community. Unfortunately, many of the nonprofits that will help communities recover have themselves been affected by the disaster. Please share this Disaster Relief Program announcement with organizations in Japan that may need this support. The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred 7 weeks and 4 days ago.

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How Nonprofits Can use Charity Navigator for Benchmarking, Leading to Strategic Growth

Charity Navigator

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A Model for Wildfire Disaster Relief

Connection Cafe

Like other areas of disaster relief , wildfires, particularly in California, have becomes an increasingly common occurrence. But, when you examine disaster-related funding in the last five years, funding directed at wildfires is $13.1 So how can we explain the different levels of support for varying types of natural disasters? Some disasters, like wildfires and an active volcano, have a long time frame. Lessons can be learned from all different types of disasters.

Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way

Tech Soup Blog

The January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti showed some of the astonishing potential for volunteer-based digital disaster relief. and Sahana Foundation (which hosts a free open source disaster management system), have changed the way disaster relief is being done all over the world. This is a group of largely self-organizing digital volunteers who use Twitter to respond to all of the major disasters around the world.

Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster

VisionLink

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.

iPhone App for Disaster Shelters

VisionLink

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.

Disaster Relief Memo to Fundraisers: Lessons for Sandy from Katrina

Tech Soup Blog

Domestic relief organizations of all kinds are no doubt mobilizing to support disaster recovery (read Molly's post 7 Tips for Quick Response During a Time of Need ). Below, are some of the post-Katrina lessons that are worth keeping front of mind: If you are a disaster relief organization, you are likely to "benefit" from an influx of donations. What portion of it may be attributed to the disaster-based fundraising?

The Power of the Crowd: A New Frontier in Disaster Response

Tech Soup Blog

In times of disaster, social media can provide an on-the-ground view of what's happening, who needs help, and where they're located. More on Technology and Disaster Relief. For more resources and products around disaster planning, check out TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery page. Additionally, make sure to get a copy of The Resilient Organization , TechSoup's disaster planning guide for nonprofits and public libraries.

General IT Safety Tips for Disaster Recovery

Tech Soup Blog

The following is an excerpt on recovering hardware and IT equipment after a disaster from TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide , currently being updated with additional content and formats. Hardware News Physical Security Troubleshooting and Maintenance disaster recoveryOur thoughts are with those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.