Hurricane Sandy Situational Map


Because of the severity of Super Storm Sandy, the VisionLink team has launched a real-time situational map at [link] : Open Red Cross Shelters NOAA projection of the storm path Geo-located Twitter data about the storm Power Outage KML East Coast Traffic Routes As the hurricane continues to move along the East coast and as conditions improve or worsen depending on your location, please be sure to stay safe until the storm has passed.

Using Geospatial Maps in Time of Disaster


Geospatial mapping is an increasingly hot topic in large-scale natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma Tornadoes. Read the full Mapping Disasters to learn more!

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. I will explain the use of mapping, fundraising, and crowdsourcing.

2-1-1 Disaster Shelter Resources


Then consider connecting to the National Shelter System to have information about disaster shelters at your finger tips, and for those you serve. You can use this data feed to drive information in your resource system, to display on maps and more. Operating a 2-1-1 call center?

Technology's Impact on Disaster Relief

Tech Soup Blog

Relief organizations and first-responders are working tirelessly to provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The staff at TechSoup Global is keeping all those affected by the devastating hurricane in our thoughts as we work to support recovery efforts.

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.

NNTSP Applies Relief Work for Hurricane Sandy

Tech Soup Blog

Several of the NNTSP partners are combining efforts for a response to Hurricane Sandy. provides the software to run the National Donations Management Network along with programmatic support for disaster relief domain expertise. You can help by making offers of technology devices and other support via Microsoft's ReadyReach Hurricane Sandy Portal , or at: National Donations Management Network Pennsylvania. Microsoft disaster recovery disaster relief

Visionlink Supports Dorian Response


Visionlink systems are fully engaged with Hurricane Dorian response. If you would like to check on currently open shelters you can visit the public view of the Shelter System at the Red Cross: Map of Open Shelters.

Typhoon Haiyan: How to Help with Recovery Efforts

Tech Soup Blog

We've compiled a list of organizations to which you can donate to support these efforts as well as some disaster recovery resources. Oxfam International's disaster relief teams are assessing the extent of the damage in the Philippines and deploying water and sanitation materials.

Mapping for Impact: This Week's Free TechSoup Webinar

Tech Soup Blog

Disasters strike and organizations provide humanitarian aid - it's that simple. Perhaps some organizations make it look simple, but behind the scenes there may be some sophisticated Esri tools that map disease outbreaks and aid distribution. They're also currently involved in a very recent disaster relief effort from Hurricane Isaac. Take a look at one of their interactive aid distribution maps to find out what they do with this kind of web mapping technology.

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Preparing for the Next Disaster: The Future of #crisisdata


Unfortunately, this isn't Domino's Pizza and disaster response can't work as if it is. The American Red Cross is now looking into how best to give the public an increased role in disaster response. " Macon Phillips, special assistant to the President and director of new media for the White House, was a volunteer during Hurricane Katrina. It was used after the earthquake to map actionable information, using the volunteer efforts of thousands of people around the world.

Saving the World One Tech Innovation at a Time

Tech Soup Blog

Imagine a hurricane bearing down on an isolated village. As disaster relief organizations scramble to understand the situation on the ground, desperate needs for emergency food, shelter, and medical care go unmet.

Our EveryAction Hero: World Central Kitchen


Using the expertise of its Chef Network, WCK works to empower people to be a part of the solution with a focus on health, education, jobs, and disaster relief. Last year disaster relief once again became the main focus of our organization as we activated and served over 4 million meals in Peru, Houston, Puerto Rico, and California. We stepped back in to the disaster relief space with the launch of our #ChefsforPuertoRico campaign.

Preparing For Irene - Shelter View App


Preparing for Hurricane Irene? Be sure to keep up to date with Disaster Shelter information from the American Red Cross. It is, however, a great easy way to keep up to date with small and large disasters across the United States every day.

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Katrina IT Musings

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

She did a lot of work on the hurricane aftermath (she's an expert on hazardous waste, and a gazillion other things). They remind me a lot of Rod Beckstrom's ideas that I posted earlier about IT support following a disaster. Our agency has that functionality - we have disaster web site, email address and phone number on our ID badges to let the agency know where we are and what is happening, but there isn't any connection outside.

Blogging a crisis: reflecting on some lessons learned

Steve Bridger

A long, long time ago (in internet time)… in fact, exactly six months to the day before the first ‘tweet’ , a Category Four hurricane they inappropriately named Wilma slammed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico. This is a story of a blog.

O’Reilly Radar features Mobile Commons’ Partnership with WNYC

Mobile Commons

Sterne goes on to explain how the city’s disaster preparedness around Hurricane Irene created a test case for opening up city data to outside developers. As New Yorkers prepared for an unexpected class two hurricane, people weren’t sure if they were part of the evacuation zone, and didn’t know what measures they should take to stay safe. The city had a map of where the evacuation zones were, but not many people knew about it.

New York Schools Debut a Text Messaging Service To Keep Parents Connected

Mobile Commons

As with the MTA’s Bus Time and the Office of Emergency Management’s Disaster Map , New York City is a pioneer in opening up its data for easy access by the public. Text IRENE to 877877 to Report Hurricane Damages. Last week, as New York City’s public schools came back into session, the Department of Education debuted a new text message service to keep parents informed.

Reminders to Help Your Subscribers Keep Safe & Dry

Mobile Commons

In times of natural disasters or emergencies, SMS is a very effective way to reach everyone quickly and efficiently. This could also be a great way to ask people how they are preparing and share ideas as KALW did in their Earthquake preparedness map. Stay in Touch with Subscribers: Last year, during Hurricane Irene , our CEO Jed spoke with MSNBC about how some clients were using crowd-sourcing to stay in touch with New Yorkers about the impact of the storm and damages.

Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Teresa Crawford (a Dirk Award Winner in 2002) is working with Humaninet to develop the vertical track on Disaster Management/Humanitarian Assistance at the Nonprofit Software Development Summit. Here's a description that Teresa sent me: It has been over two years since the Indian Ocean tsunami, and 16 months since Hurricane Katrina. Among the topics to be addressed at the Summit: * What software and other ICTs do field users need in a disaster response?

An Amazing NpTech Social Media Link Buffet: Take Your Pick!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

September is Preparedness Month: We know that September is usually a bad month for hurricanes and other natural disasters. Visual Mapping and Diagnostics for Scaling Change : From Steve Waddel, Iscale - this paper has done the impossible! Chinese Buffet by Drunken Monkey.