Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Resources

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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. Visit the Center for Digital Philanthropy's Hurricane Sandy Relief page to learn about more efforts underway from organizations around the world. Post Tornado, the Library Is Open in Joplin.

5 Ways Libraries Support Disaster Relief and Recovery

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The Saskatoon Public Library opened its doors to these evacuees, and staff members stepped up their efforts to help the evacuees communicate with their family and friends. Staffers also let people from outside of Saskatoon check out books from the library and access other services. "This is what a public library is all about," said Carol Cooler, the director of libraries and CEO at the Saskatoon Public Library in a press statement.


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

How Technology Helped Zero to Three + Harold Grinspoon Foundation Through A Crisis

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We’re located in the northeast, so we have blizzards, hurricanes…our office was actually taken out by a tornado at one point.”

An Inside View of Harnessing Technology to Support Disaster Relief

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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. In the days following the hurricane, websites emerged that posted information on both missing and found people. Hurricane Katrina LA4 / News Muse / CC BY-NC-ND.

TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide

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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. Most organizations don't think about disaster planning until it's too late.

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. Android, iOS, Windows Phone) connects you with friends and family during a large-scale disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane. The Red Cross hurricane app uses GPS to find the nearest shelters.

Mapping for Impact: This Week's Free TechSoup Webinar

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They're also currently involved in a very recent disaster relief effort from Hurricane Isaac. This kind of transparency demonstrates how web mapping can enhance a nonprofit's or library's online presence. This blog post was authored by Dawn Krause, who will be facilitating this week's webinar. Read more and register today ! Disasters strike and organizations provide humanitarian aid - it's that simple. Or is it?

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Upcoming Nonprofits Live: DIY Blogging

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Here at TechSoup, we’re big on empowering nonprofits and libraries to make smart do-it-yourself technology choices since we know time, staff, and money are all limited resources. Jody was introduced to blogging while on assignment with the public affairs team assigned to the Houston Astrodome during the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Nancy Jo Craig’s Lifetime Achievement Award In Nonprofit Computer Refurbishment

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A short time after she took over a small troubled computer refurbishment nonprofit - hurricane Katrina hit. In August of 2005, she had barely begun getting things in order when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck. Their volunteers already do trainings in the libraries. Each year the International Computer Refurbishers Summit awards a lifetime achievement award.

Make Your Fundraising Mobile with Connect2Give

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We're all familiar with it, a message saying "Help the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. " New at TechSoup: Your 501(c)(3) nonprofit, library, or foundation can now collect donations by text message — and develop your own mobile site — with discounted and donated services from Connect2Give. Connect2Give’s fundraising tools are great for nonprofits and libraries with multiple locations (competitive fundraising!),

Make Your Videos Better

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Shoot outside, and you’ll find that even the slightest breeze can sound like a hurricane on video. For more on video production, visit TechSoup's Digital Storytelling Challenge and read recaps from a variety of events with experts on creating great video for nonprofits and libraries. Kyle Henri Andrei is a research assistant at Idealware and is a recent graduate of communications at Indiana State University.

Preparing for the Next Disaster: The Future of #crisisdata


" Macon Phillips, special assistant to the President and director of new media for the White House, was a volunteer during Hurricane Katrina. In the five years since Hurricane Katrina, social media has exploded, and its potential for use in crises was clear after the Haiti earthquake. Resources: C-SPAN Video Library of the Emergency Social Data Summit: [link] Join and contribute to the wiki on this issue: [link] Follow and contribute to the #crisisdata conversation on Twitter.

Volunteering Can Be Good for Your Job

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bekka writes about volunteering at the Algiers Regional Branch Library in New Orleans where she sorted through books that thousands of people sent to the New Orleans Public Library System after Hurricane Katrina. A study for the nonprofit Womens Way found that women who volunteered improved their leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills.

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Vote for Your CNN Hero: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact

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Yohannes Gebregeorgis "Moved by the lack of children's books and literacy in his native Ethiopia, Yohannes Gebregeorgis established Ethiopia Reads , bringing free public libraries and literacy programs to thousands of Ethiopian children." Liz McCartney "Dedicated to helping Hurricane Katrina survivors in St. I started watching a lot of CNN before the election. It's kinda depressing, but I'm trying to stay informed.

Meet Donna Callejon, Chief Operating Officer of Global Giving

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The US projects are an interesting mix - several in the gulf coast as a result of Hurricane Katrina. So school or library-specific projects were and continue to be attractive to donors. Donna Callejon with kids in village in Guatemala - the houses, latrines, etc are being built partly with Global Giving support.