Friday, November 02, 2012

#tech, communities, #sandy

This is, (bad pun intended), a marathon.

1) Steven Clift of eDemocracy is working on a "tips" list for neighbors, disasters, and social media.

2) "First world" disaster recovery - cell phone charging is major activity. 

3) #DoSomething helps people everywhere think about disaster prep with #PantryPrep

4) Social media driven fundraising sites like getting lots of use for #sandy recovery (I mentioned CrowdRise and CraigConnects earlier)

5) After @MikeBloomberg (wisely) canceled the NYC Marathon, folks quickly set up ways for racers who had already booked hotel rooms to donate them to those seeking shelter post-storm - race2recover was up within hours of the Mayor's announcement.

6) Interactive maps of Red Cross shelters, open gas stations, and pharmacies.

7) Incredible maps of FourSquare check-ins pre- and post-storm

8) Public agencies turned to Twitter in a big way - good story from CNN on the woman behind the @FDNY account. (HT @Darimonline)

9) Here's an open transit planner built by tech community (HT @Digiphile)

10) David Pogue offered some tips on keeping things charged up

11) The Chronicle of Philanthropy put out this list of company donations to storm relief efforts.

12) PBS IdeaLab posted this story on most innovative coverage of the storm

13) Courtesy of @NickBilton and @theWirecutter - necessary tech for an emergency

Best of luck and lots of support to the #hurricanehackers and others at #crisiscamps this weekend!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this summary, Lucy. Looking around here in New York, with trees down right in front of me and the cameras about to go away (as in any disaster) I think the work, perhaps, gets even more difficult as many people will remain in need without the broad awareness on how to help and be helped. Power has been restored to many parts, but I just left a shelter where the urgency has not diminished for the families who need supplies and a place to stay.

The list also makes me think of the necessary links between analog and tech as many people lack electricity or mobile access in times like these and can't communicate needs or find resources.

The ideal solution is back to an infrastructural one for data, especially in "first world disaster recovery": ensuring ahead of time that we have plans and mechanisms in place to move data and information quickly to the people who need it and the people who can help.

The electronic infrastructure we already have (mobile phones, networks, etc. that enable twitter and the others to move resources) can probably be made even more effective with greater analog integration. Printer paper was noted as one of the biggest needs at help centers. Posting flyers, for example, of key screens from the interactive maps of Red Cross shelters, open gas stations, and pharmacies is a simple solution.

Thanks, again. Very helpful.

Eric J. Henderson
Markets For Good