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.

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.

Free South Carolina Disaster Home Cleanup Hotline Available Now


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

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. disaster

NVOAD National Partner of the Year


We are very honored to be named the National Partner of the Year by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), presented last night at the NVOAD annual conference in Portland, Oregon.

Sharing the Experience of Disaster: Colorado Floods


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.

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 have an account on the National Shelter System, or have access to the XML open shelters data feed.

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

Tech Soup Blog

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month ? Eastern for Disaster-Proof Your Nonprofit or Library Tech , a free webinar with IT and disaster preparedness expert Lars Eric Holm from CARD. Image: CARD, Coordinating Agencies Responding to Disasters.

Top Five Tips from National Volunteer Week

NonProfit Hub

National Volunteer Week 2017 has come to an end, but treating your volunteers well should be a priority each and every one of the other 51 weeks. In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we compiled our top five tips to motivate your volunteers and keep them coming back.

February 11 Is National 2-1-1 Day!


The United Way Worldwide declared February 11 as National 2-1-1 Day to recognize the importance of an anonymous, easy to remember 3-digit phone number (211) that was available to 24/7. VisionLink Is Proud To Support 2-1-1s Do you know 2-1-1?

Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster


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.

iPhone App for Disaster Shelters


VisionLink has launched a Shelter View iPhone App now available in the Apple iTunes store, providing information about disaster shelters across the United States. Information is updated every thirty minutes -- utilizing the NSS Shelter Data Exchange Standard authored by VisionLink, and the National Shelter System deployed by VisionLink for use by the American Red Cross, FEMA, and many other local, state and federal emergency management officials.

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. Learn more about how Windows Azure has been used for disaster and emergency response here.

Lame spam of the day: U.N. natural disaster victim payment

Robert Weiner

This spam is both lame (no graphic, no attempt to make the senders address look legit, mangled English) and odious -- preying on disaster victims (one can hope they're just preying on greedy idiots who will pretend to be disaster victims). Subject: United Nations Headquarters. Text: United Nations Headquarters. 760 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017, U.S. THE UNITED NATIONS.

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Safe & Well Launched Nation-Wide


When disaster strikes, trying to find out how your friends and family are doing can be agonizing. Not knowing is an awful feeling. To meet this need, the American Red Cross offers Safe & Well.

Iowan helps provide high-tech eyes of disaster relief in Philippines | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs

AFP Blog

Iowan helps provide high-tech eyes of disaster relief in Philippines | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs : Harwath is one of four Global DIRT members currently on the ground in the Philippines. Harwath’s specialty with his background in video is to help serve as the eyes of disaster response advance planning for any nonprofit, non-governmental agency or nation that wants to lend help.

Giving to disaster relief is as easy as your nearest ATM |

AFP Blog

Giving to disaster relief is as easy as your nearest ATM | : "Wells Fargo customers logging into ATM machines this month found a new option on their screens. The experiment marks the first time ATM machines have been used nationwide -- by any bank -- to raise money for a charity, say national banking officials

New Member: National Breakthrough Network


The National Breakthrough Network is proud to welcome as its newest member, Jon McKenzie of Sarasota and Manatee Counties'' IDEAS (Integrated Data Exchange Alliance of the Suncoast). IDEAS is a collaborative funded by Sarasota and Manatee County Governments, and its primary sponsor is the Sarasota COAD, whose leadership is emphasizing data sharing and collaboration in "blue" skies, not just when disaster strikes.

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.

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?

February 11 is National 2-1-1 Day


February 11th is National 2-1-1 Day. In fact, our 2-1-1 customers, along with our customers in the general information and referral business, elder care, homeless management, education, and disaster relief sectors support clients and resources in more than 14,000 cities and towns across the United States. Best estimates are that nearly 20 million people have used 2-1-1 to seek assistance of one kind or another by dialing 2-1-1 on their land lines or cell phones.

Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit: 3-Minute Evaluation

Tech Soup Blog

Have you checked out TechSoup's new Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit ? We've updated and expanded our downloadable book, The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery , and hosted two webinars on disaster planning.

Free Webinars: National Preparedness Month

Tech Soup Blog

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? Agility Recovery Solutions, a disaster recovery specialist , together with FEMA, is hosting a series of weekly webinars this month.

Staying Nimble in a Time of Change

Connection Cafe

In collaboration with research firm, the National Research Group , we set out to break down the giving landscape across the American population, reflecting on differences amongst political groups, generations and other contributing factors that drive donors to act.

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Get the Scoop at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington, DC in June #NCVS

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Get the Scoop at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington, DC #NCVS guest post by Michelle Nunn. What New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has to say about ways volunteers can drive recovery after a natural disaster.

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4 bbcon Takeaways for Philanthropic Organizations to Power 2019 Planning

Connection Cafe

Cross-sector collaboration was apparent in other sessions as well, from disaster relief to cause marketing to the kick off session for the Corporations and Foundations track.

[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: National Wildlife Federation

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Organization: National Wildlife Federation. For National Wildlife Federation’s Twitter, I have two incredibly amazing helpers: Kristin Johnson and Kevin Coyle. We did do a mobile text campaign after the Gulf oil disaster that raised us more than $150,000.

Pangea Foundation Spotlight: Disaster Relief Communications Hub

Tech Soup Blog

As you may have noticed, we've been writing tooklits and guides , conducting webinars , and blogging about different ways to plan and prepare for disasters and emergencies over the past couple of weeks. This is, in part, because September is National Preparedness Month. They developed something called ReliefPoint , "a real-time communications hub for national disaster relief coordination and information dissemination."

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.

FEMA Partnership Day


This is an annual event designed to bring together governmental disaster agencies, non governmental agencies, faith-based organizations and private sector providers who support disaster responders. Visionlink attends due to our work with both government and non profit disaster agencies.

Visionlink Supports Dorian Response


The National Shelter System is being used to help manage dozens of shelters in Florida--and states north, as Dorian continues along its predicted track. As we know, the most effective disaster relief solutions are those that are used every day

Amazing Recovery Efforts for Hurricane Harvey


Visionlink is proud to support the work of National VOAD's Project Comeback in Texas with our multi-agency Disaster Case Management solution, helping more than 700 case managers from 14 nonprofit partners assist more than 12,000 households.

Nepal Earthquake: How You Can Help

Tech Soup Blog

Here are some ways to give: Charity Navigator compiled a list of vetted charities that are helping with relief efforts and allow donors to designate their donations specifically for this disaster. Facebook's Safety Check asks Facebook users in disaster areas to report if they are safe.

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NNTSP Applies Relief Work for Hurricane Sandy

Tech Soup Blog

Earlier this year, the Network for Nonprofit Technology Solution Providers (NNTSP) organized as part of TechSoup Global, combining their resources to create a national network of local technology capacity-builders serving the nonprofit sector. provides the software to run the National Donations Management Network along with programmatic support for disaster relief domain expertise. National Donations Management Network D.C. Microsoft disaster recovery disaster relief

Great reads from around the web on January 15th

Amy Sample Ward

In partnering with the White House, National Lab Day, and videogame makers Sony and EA, the Digital media and Learning Competitions has prizes up to $200,000 and is open to all kinds of innovative projects (including games) that make use of digital media for education and social change. " Tags: roundup behavior bethkanter bookmarks campaigns challenges climatechange competitions disaster facebook fundraising innovation list mob mobile nature nptech postalicious resources strategy

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West Virginia VOAD Receives the Governor’s Service Award


VisionLink would like to congratulate the Member Agencies of the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) on receiving the Governor’s Service Award.

Emergency Response Teams Want to Use Social Media - Mobiledia

AFP Blog

Emergency Response Teams Want to Use Social Media - Mobiledia : acebook today hosted a streaming event with national disaster relief agencies to discuss the important role social media can play during crisis. Sent using Google Toolbar

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VisionLink - Untitled Article


Sadly, this week marked the loss of one of the disaster response world’s strongest leaders and advocates. Her leadership also transcended state lines with her work in the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) during Super Storm Sandy and other disasters.

NetCentric Advocacy: The end game of networks

Network-Centric Advocacy

» August 16, 2007 The end game of networks Is it possible that the end game of decentralized terror strategy demands counter terrorist activities pursue peace, coalition work and better disaster planning? To elimate terrorism nations must abandon war, war machines and unilateral action? To elimate terrorism nations must abandon war, war machines and unilateral action? NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

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5 Organizations To Support On World Refugee Day


Refugees International ’s website, there are currently over 65 million people across the world who are displaced by war, conflict and persecution, and tens of millions more who have been displaced by climate events and natural disasters. World Relief was formed by the National Association of Evangelicals to partner with local churches in order to help protect vulnerable populations by ending cycles of suffering and building sustainable communities.

Help Hurricane Harvey Victims: Where To Donate #HoustonStrong

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I watched the news reports from Texas and was horrified at the scale of this disaster. I grew up on the Jersey shore where I’ve been evacuated due to storms, but I have never seen this level of disaster. PortLight “Inclusive Disaster Relief” SPCA of Texas.



Thanks to a wonderfully coordinated effort (no pun intended) by both the national CAN staff and VisionLink''s development, Q&A and Help Desk staff, the new national Coordinated Assistance Network solution has been released across the Web.

Visionlink’s Volunteer Registry Deployed for Hurricanes Harvey & Irma


High-level government officials have directed these generous people to National VOAD and their member agencies. We are honored that Visionlink, as a corporate partner, has been able to open access to the unaffiliated volunteer system to National VOAD and Volunteer Florida member organizations. Volunteers can identify the disaster event they would want to volunteer for. Thousands of volunteers have offered to assist in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.