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.

Empowering Young Voices Globally in the Fight for Climate Justice

Saleforce Nonprofit

Founded in 2015 by in collaboration with Davos Middle School, Davos Codes believes the voices of the youth need to be front and center in the fight for climate justice. The post Empowering Young Voices Globally in the Fight for Climate Justice appeared first on

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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. Voice over IP phones are probably the most important (and least utilized) technology for that purpose. The Red Cross has excellent free mobile apps that are specific to first aid, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other disaster cases. disaster

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.

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.

The Five Stages of A Social Media PR Disaster

Beth Kanter

He points out any delay in responding gives people who are upset more time to voice their displeasure with the brand and spread it to other people online, quickly and in creative ways. This focuses attention on the problem and makes it worse. A swift response, that is the right response can diffuse it. Source: via Beth on Pinterest.

Tips for Disaster Relief Bloggers

Have Fun - Do Good

The panelists were Grace Davis , who created the Hurricane Disaster Direct Relief blog; Sara Ford, a native of Waveland Mississippi whose posts about Waveland after Hurricane Katrina turned her into a disaster relief center of one; and Dina Mehta who set up a community blog, Mumbai Help , after the tsunami, that grew in three days from a few bloggers to 250 contributors. Here are some of the tips they gave for other disaster relief bloggers: Tips from Grace 1.

Hurricane Irene and the Nonprofit Social Media Storm


We know our friends over at the Red Cross have been expertly using social media for disaster response for years now, but this weekend, with Hurricane Irene set to touch down all along the east coast, we saw many other organizations and government entities reaching out via social media, as well. Their team of digital volunteers, already trained in public affairs and talking to the media, used specific language to represent themselves as Red Cross voices online.

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. Their model of empowerment amplifies the voices of refugee communities, allowing them to act as their own champions.

6 Trends Shaping Corporate Engagement Today

Connection Cafe

We discussed disaster response within a global company, the changing world of work and how it’s changing volunteering in the workplace, and how companies are expanding opportunities for customers and stakeholders to join their social cause support. At UPS, drones are being used for delivery of medicines to remote clinics and being tested to explore disaster hit communities to improve rescue and response.

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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. Joann was also a major voice in the construction of an online national infrastructure to better coordinate and respond to these disasters.

Weekly update from PND


Foundations, charities report $352 million in 2019 disaster funding. A weekly update with the latest news from PND. Climate finance partnership to fund community-led forest conservation. November 11, 2021.

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.

How Nonprofits Can Steward Corporate Donors on Social Media

Nonprofit Tech for Good

During certain moments – such as natural disasters – they quickly pivot planned content to be more contextual and reflect new priorities. With millions of social media accounts around the world, nonprofits must develop creative yet consistent voices to stand out.

Commitment to funding Native self-determination 


So, for over 30 years, we’ve raised our voice for Native communities, building trust through shared goals and finding resources to support them. . PWNA provided $8,000 in disaster relief funding to heat the center so that Crow Creek tribal schoolteachers could tutor students.

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What A Pandemic Teaches Us About Innovation and Corporate Giving

Givinga Blog

For instance, we worked with Golf Now/NBC Golf to provide our disaster relief platform to country clubs during COVID-19, as many clubs were forced to completely close down or scale down operations. A look back at 2020 shows that unprecedented challenges often lead to unexpected opportunity.

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Send Your Feedback to the FCC: Net Neutrality Needs You


There have been a tremendous amount of issues and disasters in the news recently, but I want to draw your attention to a critically important story that is developing as you read this: once again, our open Internet is in danger. Add your voice and send feedback to the FCC! EFF has launched a simple platform to help capture your voice and add it to the voices of many others to help the FCC understand why an open Web is critical to the nonprofit sector and to everyone. >>


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Among Visionlink’s customers as examples, these organizations range from 2-1-1s and Information and Referral centers, to AAA and ADRC's, to youth employment, disaster relief, refugee and immigrant focused solutions, food pantries, and many others. Visionlink adds its voice to both the concept and the deployment of this standard.

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Funding And Grant Resources For Nonprofits Serving The LGBTQ+ Community


MADRE works in communities that war or disaster have rendered difficult to fund and challenging to reach. Priority is given to projects that collaborate with and center LGBTQ+ voices and communities.

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Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today


There's a long fight ahead, but for issues that stir you, one simple, positive thing you can do today is give - your time, money, voice, or attention - because so many organizations need your urgent support. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund's mission is to change the face and voice of America's politics and achieve equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT officials at all levels of government.

Grave Work

Non Profit Quarterly

Whether the tasks power autonomous weapons systems raining disaster down on slum districts or else power geographic data for humanitarian agencies that provide aid to such disaster zones is knowledge not available to the workers.

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Going Virtual – An Alternative Volunteer Event Guide

Connection Cafe

Preparation and Resiliency: The talents and expertise are an enormous untapped resource in preparing our communities for natural and man-made disasters of all kinds, whether it’s hurricanes, earthquakes, school shootings, or global pandemics like COVID – 19.

Please Donate to Help Nepal’s Earthquake Victims Now

Beth Kanter

The next thing I noticed in my Facebook feed was a post from Robert Scoble mentioning a new Facebook feature that lets you check on friends in a disaster. When a disaster strikes, I tend to turn to trusted news sources such as the New York Times or CNN to hear the latest details on the disaster as well as try to find citizen journalist reporting.

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Announcing the Third Impact Lab on Climate Justice

Saleforce Nonprofit

We need every solution and every solver…What this moment calls for is a mosaic of voices — the full spectrum of ideas and insights for now we can turn things around.” – Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K.

Great reads from around the web on April 8th

Amy Sample Ward

Mobilizing online communities in the Face of Disaster: Tips … – "On the 12th of March, one day after the tragic earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan Ichi – Hiroyasu Ichikawa – the NetSquared Local organizer from Tokyo sent an e-mail to our NetSquared Local Organizer listserve asking for the best practices for mobilizing online communities in the time of a disaster.

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Top 2021 Fundraising Strategies: Mastering Relevant Content Marketing


Check out what to listen for in donor onboarding from the Agitator-Donor Voice blog. How to Protect Your Pets in a Natural Disaster. This is part three in a six-part series. Read part one and part two. .

For CSR, 2019 is the Year of the Employee

Connection Cafe

In that piece, I shared my predictions for an upcoming increase in CEO activism, a heightened focus on leadership development through volunteer service and a call to action for corporate partners to effectively address disaster resiliency in affected communities. These new stands may be voiced at the CEO level, but they are quite often in response to issues brought forward by employees. Skilled Volunteerism to Address Disaster Resiliency.

Six Ways to Support Refugees on World Refugee Day

Saleforce Nonprofit

Donate company flight miles: This past year, Salesforce employee resource group, Latinoforce , partnered with Miles4Migrants to raise airline miles to help displaced people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster begin in a new home or reunite with their loved ones.

How Audience Research Is Keeping Up with a Changing World

Forum One

Empathetic audience research centers and amplifies the voices of research subjects without causing harm or inconvenience to them. Contingency planning for natural disasters, pandemics, or other large-scale events is not entirely possible, but having a plan B or C helps to navigate uncertainty more quickly and confidently. Everyone has altered their daily behaviors to adapt to a world in which we must stay at home as much as possible.

Six Ways to Support Refugees on World Refugee Day

Saleforce Nonprofit

Donate company flight miles: This past year, Salesforce employee resource group, Latinoforce , partnered with Miles4Migrants to raise airline miles to help displaced people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster begin in a new home or reunite with their loved ones.

Technology Toolbox: Learn from Occupy Wall Street to Occupy YOUR Street

Amy Sample Ward

In less than a month, over 1,700 other cities started Occupy events – both in solidarity to the thousands protesting around the clock in New York’s financial district, and with a loud voice that these issues are not unique to the US. Over the past few years, the use of social technologies during disaster response has become a central component to news and information delivery. “The revolution will not be televised.” Maybe not.

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Don’t Just Celebrate – Advocate. Getting back down to the Roots of Earth Day: Tips for CSR Professionals


Earth Day was no exception to the trend of using protesting and collective action to voice concerns and enact change. The inaugural event saw 20 million Americans take to the streets and voice their concerns and support for more environmental regulation. The National Centers for Environmental Information has been tracking ‘billion-dollar disasters’ since 1980. Our environmental challenges aren’t just playing out in the natural disasters we see capturing national headlines.

6 Reasons Why We’re Thankful for Nonprofits

NonProfit Hub

In a world where we’re constantly hearing about natural disasters, social injustices and countless other problems on the news , nonprofits serve as a glimpse of hope. They give people a voice. Without them, those who are most vulnerable wouldn’t have a voice. Now is the perfect time to reflect on all the blessings 2018 has brought us. One thing we’re especially grateful for is the nonprofit sector and all the great work it’s done this year (and every year).

Giving Trends in Brazil: How Crowdfunding & Social Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Before you ask for a donation, have a clear strategy and a strong voice. 14% donate in response to natural disasters. ? An Interview with Ruy Fortini , Founder and CEO of Doare and official partner of the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Report. According to the Institute of Applied Economic Research , there are 820,000 existing NGOs, also know as ONGs (organizaciónes no gubernamentales), in Brazil.

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How Many Hours Per Week Should Your Nonprofit Invest in Social Media?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Not everyone is a natural-born Twitterer, and it may take time to find the right person at your nonprofit to be the voice(s) behind your Twitter avatar, but it’s worth the investment of resources. Before 2006, blogging in the nonprofit sector had the primary purpose of giving a nonprofit a human voice—a personality or character voice that classic Web 1.0 It can also work well for nonprofits that respond to natural disasters or crises.

What Will Be The New Normal For The Event Industry?


But remember, masks can be difficult for people with disabilities or hearing impairments so make sure you have an interpreter in place or some way to facilitate easy communication when voices are muffled and mouths are covered.

Emergency Social Data Summit: We Can All Participate Remotely

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is a great way for your voice to be heard and added to the Crisis Data wiki ( [link] ). The American Red Cross is hosting the Emergency Social Data Summit to bring together government agencies, emergency management professionals, disaster response organizations, tech companies and concerned citizens to address how to reply to these digital requests for help more effectively.

Blogging a crisis: reflecting on some lessons learned

Steve Bridger

People crave a genuine, human voice in times of crisis. They failed to grasp that by encouraging conversations about on-going developments (which was in fact largely a positive story following the disaster of Katrina), the blog meant that people travelled better informed and with sensible expectations. This is a story of a blog.

Free Cloud Computing for Nonprofits Webinar Series

Tech Soup Blog

Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud Wednesday, April 3, Noon to 1 p.m. Join Sam Chenkin, Tech Impact's Product Manager, to learn about cloud computing and disaster recovery basics, and the different types of cloud storage and products designed to help you achieve your nonprofit's disaster recovery goals. Want to have your voice-mail e-mail you your messages?

American Red Cross Taps Huddle for Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

The organization provides relief to those affected by disasters and helps individuals in the community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. These volunteers provide training in first aid, CPR, and disaster preparedness and give support to those who have lost their homes to disaster. Hersher's team also used Huddle when planning a survey of the clients served by the Red Cross during disasters. How CASA-Voices for Children Uses Huddle.