The New York Times Features Text Messaging in “New Tools for Disaster Aid”

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When Hurricane Sandy arrived two weeks ago, city officials turned to text messaging as a means to deliver crucial information in a time of emergency. In today’s App City column in The New York Times , Mobile Commons’ text messaging solution was mentioned as a key tool used during this time of crisis. In an article entitled “New Tools for Disaster Aid,” The New York Times writes. The storm was the first time the system was used in New York.

Tumblr, Photo Blogger Raise $100K for Hurricane Sandy Relief | News & Opinion |

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Tumblr, Photo Blogger Raise $100K for Hurricane Sandy Relief | News & Opinion | : In less than 24 hours, a joint Hurricane Sandy fundraising effort from Tumblr and New York photo blog Humans of New York (HONY) has topped their goal of raising $100,000 for victims of the storm

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Hurricane Sandy has crippled the East Coast is this morning’s New York Time’s headline. But the story is personal for me.

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

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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. As SiLive reports, The new mobile texting program is the latest tool the Department of Education has developed to deliver information about public schools and programming to parents and families. Wall Street Journal: On First Day of School, Mayor Announces New Text Message Service.

Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It has been ten days since Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island of Puerto Rico. This article in the New York Times provides some good advice. These are my personal picks, but the New York Times has published this larger list of charities.

NYC leverages social media to map evacuation info for Hurricane Sandy | SmartBlogs SmartBlogs

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NYC leverages social media to map evacuation info for Hurricane Sandy | SmartBlogs SmartBlogs : The City of New York utilized its Open Data platform to help residents deal with the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The effort, which is part of the Digital Road Map the City launched last year, integrates geographic information systems (GIS), social media and other private and public assets to inform New Yorkers about the dangers posed by the storm.

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Hurricane Sandy: How to Help


We hope all of our readers on the East Coast are safe and sound after Hurricane Sandy. I also wanted to share Cynthia Samuels, (who runs the Care2 Cause Channel) terrific compilation of resources on how folks can help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The New York Blood Center.

Text IRENE to 877877 to report hurricane damages

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While preparing our own homes for hurricane Irene, Mobile Commons is also working to keep other New Yorkers safe. Today, we are partnering with the New York Office of Emergency Management , Ushahidi and WNYC to use mobile technology to track the storm’s effect on the city.

Hurricane Sandy Art Relief: An Interview with Elana Haviv

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After 9/11, she spearheaded an art-based CMCE 9/11 Trauma Relief Project in the New York City schools.

The power of social media for Hurricane Sandy

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Any donations that were dropped off at A Family Storage would then be moved in a Cool Box container up to Hurricane Sandy relief centers. We chose to target users who had liked “Charity”, “Charity Events”, “Non-Profit”, “Hurricane Sandy Relief” and many similar variations. posted by.

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. For Hurricane Irene, the Red Cross used volunteers to listen as well as respond in the social media space, to ensure 24 hour coverage during the storm.

NNTSP Applies Relief Work for Hurricane Sandy

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Several of the NNTSP partners are combining efforts for a response to Hurricane Sandy. Microsoft has lent their Local Impact Map to the Aidmatrix disaster relief efforts, and in turn, the Aidmatrix NeedsFeed and Local Impact Map are featured on Microsoft’s ReadyReach Hurricane Sandy Response site as well as in communications from leaders such as Microsoft Corporate Citizenship’s Akhtar Badshah. National Donations Management Network New Jersey.

Mobile Commons Provides Polling Place Locator in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy – A Press Roundup

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Over the past week, Mobile Commons has worked with New York and New Jersey officials to be sure that all their citizens know where to vote. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many polling places throughout both states had to be moved.

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As Sandy Became #Sandy, Emergency Services Got Social | Fast Company

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As Sandy Became #Sandy, Emergency Services Got Social | Fast Company : As New Yorkers took to Twitter to voice concerns, request aid, and offer real-time help, organizations were--more than ever before--there and ready to respond on their native platforms. Here's how the Red Cross, the City of New York, and Occupy Wall Street ratcheted up their Hurricane Sandy relief via the social web

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » Jewish Response to New Orleans

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New Orleans is in trouble. New Orleans had problems long before the hurricane and the destruction only has exacerbated a long list of problems. I am very excited to say that a new continuing Jewish response to help New Orleans is being launched by AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corp.

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New Yorkers Find Out Where to Vote over Text Message

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Mobile Commons is launching a new polling place locator to ensure that New Yorkers can find their way to the polls on Tuesday’s election. In 2012, Mobile Commons helped 250,000 people find their polling place, even after Hurricane Sandy disrupted the election in New York and New Jersey.

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Please Join VisionLink In Welcoming Aaron Titus To Our Proud Family!


As the new Disaster Product Manager for VisionLink, Aaron comes from an extensive and distinguished background. As a former member of the New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NJ VOAD), Aaron coordinated Hurricane Sandy and Irene response efforts for Mormon Helping Hands.

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NY and NJ Can Now Text WHERE or NYCVOTES to 877877 to Get Updated Polling Locations

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As numerous regions in New York and New Jersey begin to clean up after Hurricane Sandy, citizens of these two states face another problem: Where will they vote in Tuesday’s election?

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Crain’s Features Mobile Commons on The Election and Sandy

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Crain’s New York has a great feature on how Hurricane Sandy and the election gave Mobile Commons our biggest week ever. The article quotes our CEO, Jed Alpert, on the dramatic messaging volume, and suggests how that will affect our bottom line: “Between Hurricane Sandy and the election, we sent out 10 million messages, which is probably double what we would have expected to do,” said CEO Jed Alpert.

What will you tell your grandchildren about what you did during the pandemic of 2020?

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Bossless distributed networks of people rose up in 2014 to contribute to the fight against Ebola, they jumped in bass boats to rescue people the Coast Guard couldn't after hurricanes, they jogged food to the hungry in flooded New York after Sandy. We will organize in new ways and at a new scale, faster than ever imagined. I have listened to my kids ask my mother about life during the Spanish flu (Mom was not born but her mother's sister died of it.)

Portraits of the People: Northeast America and Sandy


Brandon, the creator of Humans of New York, began taking portraits for this project in 2010. Among the scenes of devastation from Hurricane Sandy, he has found a few smiles as well, as captured above.

WNYC’s New Tech City Features Bus Time

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Last week, WNYC’s radio show New Tech City focused on how New York is integrating new technologies into our city’s transit systems. New York Schools Debut a Text Messaging Service to Keep Parents Connected. Mobile Commons and the New York MTA Launch Bus Time. Text IRENE to 877877 to Report Hurricane Damages.

O’Reilly Radar features Mobile Commons’ Partnership with WNYC

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New York has become the epicenter for many experiments in governance,” writes Alex Howard in the O’Reilly Radar. The O’Reilly article discusses the way in which New York is opening up its wealth of data to outside developers – and how those partnerships are revolutionizing the way that government works. The article quotes a speech by Rachel Sterne , New York’s Chief Digital Officer, who considers how outside apps can help make life-saving data more easily available.

Obama Campaign, Governor Christie and Mayor Bloomberg Get Their Message to the Right People, when it Matters Most

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And the New York and New Jersey officials kept their citizens informed in the wake of a crisis. When Hurricane Sandy hit, our platform was called on to immediately respond to a cataclysmic event as it unfolded.

Five Government Agencies Improving the Lives of New Yorkers with Text Messaging

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With over eight million people who have different needs and ways of communicating, the City of New York frequently uses text messaging as a platform to meet people where they’re at, no matter their age, race, or location. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides health and wellness resources and programs for the city’s millions of residents. Another campaign guided New Yorkers to local farmer’s markets.

Come Rain, Sleet, or Snow: How Does Your Nonprofit Work When Mother Nature Acts Up?


Last year, when Hurricane Sandy hit the Mid-Atlantic, parts of New York and New Jersey were without power for days, many offices were inaccessible due to flooding, and even offices that stayed dry may have been inaccessible to staff members who depend on the (flooded) subway lines.

Use Text Messaging to Keep your Subscribers Informed in the Blizzard

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Last year, during Hurricane Sandy, our clients kept in touch with their users in a variety of innovative ways. For example, asked teens to text in their prayers for people in New York and New Jersey, then created a word cloud from the results.

COVID-related National Service cannot just be gap year for privileged youth

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America has a long and rich history of national service, often turning to it as a powerful lever in times of crisis, as it did after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Great Recession of 2008. Thankfully, this pandemic will likely inspire a new wave of national service.

WBUR Makes a Mobile Map of Coyote Sightings in Boston

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Tell the New York Times and WNYC the Best Spots for Birding. Text Irene to 877877 to Report Hurricane Damages. After a winter filled with coyote sightings throughout the Boston metropolitan area, citizens were concerned about what all the wildlife meant for them. While animal experts assured the populace that coyotes aren’t dangerous for people, Bostonians still worried about their children and their pets.

How SMS Alerts Are Helping Curb Africa’s Ebola Outbreak

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During New York City’s Hurricane Irene, NYC residents could text in to report flood damage or find out if they were in a flood zone. The NYC Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery used text messaging during Hurricane Sandy to help displaced residents find housing options.

View the Live Feed of City & State’s RealPolitech Event Now!

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Today, City & State is hosting RealPolitch, a forum to discuss how technology is affecting government policy and news media in New York. Right now, Zachary Markovitz of Pew is discussing how the polling place locator helped citizens vote after Hurricane Sandy.

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How to build your Nonprofit’s Budget – Collaborate!


The process used by the professional development nonprofit is often called zero based budgeting because the organization plans as if it were brand new, or in year zero, with no history to incorporate into the budget process. When this happens, the budget should be revised to include the new programs. In such a case, the budget should be amended to reflect the new environmental reality. Collaboration is the most important ingredient in developing your nonprofit’s budget.

Why Building Resilient Networks Matter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As Hurricane Sandy was barreling up the Atlantic coast of the United States, a husband and wife in their early 90s, frail of body and mind though resolute (some would say stubborn) of spirit, finally gave in to the pleadings of their family.

Tech President on Occupy SMS: How Text Messaging Can Help in Disaster Relief

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TechPresident has a great piece about the OccupySMS campaign , which uses text messaging to connect people in need after Hurricane Sandy with people who have the resources to help. If you need services post-Sandy in the New York City metro area, text SANDY to 69866. The article discusses how, like many of the best ideas, Occupy SMS was built to fill a need: “It started with our actual experience in the Rockaways.

Buy a Song, Support a Cause

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For each (free) download of Peter Buffett's Christmas album, Star of Wonder , Amie Street and The Robin Hood Foundation will donate enough money to feed 15 people through The Food Bank of New York. has a list of 35 Hurricane Katrina Benefit CDs.

Upcoming Nonprofits Live: DIY Blogging

Tech Soup Blog

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. " He has been an advocate and organizer with immigrants and refugees in Charlotte, New York/Newark, and Los Angeles, as well as in Zimbabwe and Great Britain, for organizations including Detention Watch Network.

Cool App Roundup: Fundraising Edition

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Mobile has put a whole new spin on fundraising, connecting with donors, and kick-off campaigns. It also uses the iPhone's notification system to alert you when you have a new donation. You can search for new loans or track your donation via your phone.

4 Step Risk Planning for Event Fundraisers

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As Hurricane Sandy relief efforts continue, I'm reminded of the significant negative impact that poor weather can have on a fundraising event. In New York City, the ING NYC Marathon was completely cancelled while the city recovered from the after-effects of Sandy. Catastrophe immediately before event – hurricane. nonprofits whose primary source of revenue comes from a single. fundraising event, the consequence of a weekend of bad weather could be.

The Philanthropic Web, Questions and Answers

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Some of the sources of action are going to be the Ning group that was set up to cover Hurricane Gustav, or, or even might list jobs and internships that relate to the nonprofit sector. And if we succeed in that, then maybe SF Gate or New York Times would [say] there isn’t as much value in our content any more because it doesn’t have those calls to action. And that creates a whole new mechanism.