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Are you shopping online using Amazon?  Now you can shop online while supporting people and animals impacted by disaster. Support Humanity Road disaster response efforts with the click of a button! Through the Amazon Smile program, .5% of the price of your purchases will be donated to support our disaster response program.

Start at, sign into your Amazon account. Once you have signed in, click “OK” to connect your standard account with Humanity Road’s account on Amazon Smile.

Once you have linked Humanity Road to your Amazon Smile account, anytime you make a purchase through Amazon shopping at, the organization will receive a donation based on the purchase amount.

Thank you for your support and happy shopping!


Sign up to use Amazon Smile and it wont cost you a cent!  However, if you are in the giving spirit and would like to make a purchase to help our response?  Then take a minute to also visit our wishlist
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Bettie Wooten Tussey

Good Night Twitter

The world is mourning the loss of our beloved friend and Humanity Road family member Bettie Wooten Tussey.  Bettie tweeted as @RVAREgal   In January of 2010 Bettie Tussey joined Humanity Road in response to the Haiti earthquake, and our lives were transformed.  When Bettie walked into a room, you noticed.  She was a vivacious, well spoken and true southern lady.  She was known for her wit and straight forward matter of speech. But she was no wilting flower, she didn’t mince words.  Bettie had a master of the english language and knew exactly what she wanted to say.

It was seven years ago this week that Bettie Wooten Tussey reached out to Chris Thompson to help our group of volunteers.  She officially joined Humanity Road on  January 27, 2010. 

In her own words:  When I saw that the earthquake had struck in Haiti, I wanted more information on it and felt the need to do what I could to help. At the time, I was not aware of digital response to disasters but after searching Google, I discovered that help, in the form of needs and meeting those needs, was being done through a number of people on Twitter. I had a Twitter account but had never really used it. I very quickly joined in on searching for needs and tweeting. Shortly thereafter, I saw a tweet from HR (@HumanityRoad) indicating that they were looking for volunteers so I signed up and began tracking needs using the Ushahidi platform that had been established in conjunction with the test to 4636.”  

Bettie Tussey, 5th Year Anniversary interviews in 2015.  You can read the entire interview here

Her work was immediately felt.  She helped with mapping, recruiting, staffing and filling urgent needs.  She helped track down and monitor radio broadcasts as well as worked on solving requests for help.

In the past seven years Bettie helped support disasters around the world, including the Libya crisis map, Christchurch Earthquake, Recover Alabama, Hurricane Irene, School shootings, flooding in USA and many others.  She put in thousands of hours of service and earned the United States President’s Gold Volunteer Service award which was signed and issued to her by President Barack Obama.

Presidential Service Award

Presidential Service Award

Bettie was a thought leader and was known for filling her timelines in social media with sage advice, wit and humor, often sharing the best tips and advice with her digital friends and family.  She was a good friend and treasured member of our Humanity Road family.  Bettie will remain in our hearts forever.  We celebrate her life and want to close today with advice she shared thirty days after the earthquake struck Haiti.  “Goodnight Twitter friends. Sleep tight so that you’ll be ready to lend a helping hand when the sun comes up! :)”   We will Bettie and goodnight to you sweet friend!

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Funeral services will be held on Monday at Woody Funeral Home – Huguenot Chapel Midlothian, Virginia.  Visitation Prior to Service Monday, January 23, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm with a Memorial Service at 2:00 pm. For those friends who can not make it to the service a guest book digital memorial has been set up online.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Richmond Humane Society, the VCU Alumni Association or Humanity Road.  






Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Let’s make a Disaster Kit to fit your Health Needs

Have you thought about creating a disaster kit?


“Our Goal is that No One Is Left Behind”

The DAFN (Disability, Accessibility, and Functional Needs) Team at Humanity Road would like to invite you to join us in making a Disaster Kit to fit your needs.  During a disaster, people who identify as having disabilities and/or functional needs, along with the very young and the elderly, are especially vulnerable.  Our goal is that “No One Is Left Behind” in being prepared for both Natural or Man-made Disasters, and the first step in doing this is to build your own personalized disaster kit.

Items will be for specific health groups such as the visually impaired, seniors, diabetics and others. We hope that by separating the items by post you will be encouraged to build your kit until it is specific to your needs and your resolution is complete. Please remember these will just be suggestions as to what you may need either when you shelter at home or to fill an emergency bag, which is compact enough to be carried to an evacuation center. Your emergency supplies should last up to 14 days.

Below are listed some item suggestions for different Health needs.

Foundation Items

Tote with a locking lid

We begin with these items which are essential in making any disaster kit:

___  Backpack (depending on needs you may need more than one)

___  Container (tote with a locking lid)

___  Post-A-Note pads

___  Indelible Ink Pen

___  Index Cards

___ Roll of Clear Packing Tape

Containers on wheels are helpful for moving; a suitcase on wheels is an option or your disaster kit could be put in a little wagon.  Creating a disaster kit does not have to be expensive. Remember to check in your pantries, closets, or garage at home, you may find that you have some of the items already on hand.  

Also family and friends may have items they can donate. You may even like to invite a friend to build their kit along with you, when working with someone else it can be fun but also you may learn of things you both hadn’t considered


Hearing Special Need items

___   On Index Cards make list of key phrases for emergency personnel (e.g. “I need an interpreter,” or “I need announcements written or “I speak American Sign Language (ASL)”. Be sure and put these cards in a waterproof zip-lock bag. To protect from moisture.

___  Extra hearing aids, implants and batteries.

___  Extra batteries for visual or sensory alarms, pagers and TTY.

___  Car charger for cell phone and other communication devices.

___  Note pads and pens

___  Alarm clock

___  Hearing aid cleaner

___  Hearing aid drying system

___  Acoustic seal cream

___  Weather Alert Transmitter/Radio, PC Alert device


Mobility Special Need items

___   A pair of heavy gloves to use while wheeling or navigating over glass or other debris.

___  Extra battery for motorized wheelchair/scooter, Lightweight manual wheelchair, if possible.

___  Spare cane, crutches, walker, braces

___  Patch kit or can of “seal-in-air product” to repair flat tires and/or extra supply of inner tubes.

___  Catheters and Incontinence Supplies, and other personal items.


Seniors Special Needs items

___ Three-day supply of prescription medication and/or a copy of your prescriptions and dosages, including any allergies, Extra eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.

___ List of the style and serial number of medical devices, such as Pacemakers and or Stents, Walker, Wheelchair, Canes, Hearing Aids.

___ Extra Wheelchair battery, Oxygen, Hearing Aids and Batteries, Denture Cup and Denture Cleaner.

___ Incontinence supplies and other personal items, Deck of cards, Pad of Paper and Pencil, Snacks, Drinks like Ensure.


Visually Impaired Special Needs Items

___ List of medications if needed. If helpful, mark emergency supplies with large print, fluorescent tape or Braille.

___ Extra folding white cane, in case your dog is injured and can’t work.Tape Recorder and extra batteries.

___ An extra pair of dark glasses (if medically required) or you use them normally. Extra contacts, contact lens solution, spare eye glasses in case you can’t wear your contacts. If you wear Soft Contact Lenses, plan to have an alternative available because you will not be able to operate the cleaning unit without power.

















Ways of Giving

The spirit of giving is what makes this time of year so special.  It’s an inspirational time sparking passion and fire in all of us motivating us to help others.  Charity Navigator reports that 31% of annual giving occurs in the month of December.     We would like to say thank you to all those supporting Humanity Road.

Here are some of the ways that our volunteers, donors and friends are giving to Humanity Road.

Make a Donation:  Pledge your support of our services visit our appeal page  Did you know that $15.00 helps ensure that we are online to monitor for disaster $100.00 can help provide communications for 30 people.

Payroll Deduction:  Government employees can give through their Combined Federal Campaign.  CFC funds have ensured we were able to be there when we were needed most!    121 lives were saved and 10,000 people were rescued in our response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. $2.00 weekly will help us maintain our online response.

Text to Donate!  Did you know that you can now text to donate?  text the word HUMANITY to 41444 to pledge your support.

Campaign Volunteers are campaigning for Giving Tuesday and you can join in the fun.  Please Like, Love or Share our messaging, it’s just one way you can give back.  By giving your time you help us reach others.  What is #GivingTuesday exactly? It’s a national movement during the holidays dedicated to charitable giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping. The goal of #GivingTuesday is to encourage people everywhere including retailers, charities, online organizations, community centers, individuals and families to come together with one common purpose — to help others and incentivize ways to give more, give smarter, and celebrate the great American spirit of generosity through charitable contributions and volunteerism.

Fulfill a Wish   Another way to give is through our wishlist program at Amazon.  The wish list program is just one way we keep our costs low.  You can be our very own Santa and Stock the HR office.  Fulfill an item on our wish list or share it with your networks.

Shop and Smile   Shopping is another way of giving back by  using AmazonSmile.   Once you have linked Humanity Road to your Amazon Smile account, anytime you make a purchase through Amazon shopping at, the organization will receive a donation based on the purchase amount.

Corporate match:   Give your time through volunteering!  We have several volunteers who work for organizations that have volunteer match.  Volunteers who currently take part in volunteer match and donation match programs with Humanity Road include Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Verizon.  These companies match their donations or provide grants for hours of service.

Charity Auction: Hold a yard sale, a white elephant sale or list something on Ebay or shop our charity sales  here to support us!


Group Photo

Humanity Road 2016 Retreat Recap

I have been volunteering with Humanity Road (HR) since February 2016. When I learned that this retreat was occurring, I was very excited. I saw this retreat as a way to learn more about Humanity Road and Disaster Response. Reflecting on this retreat, I gained so much more.

Thursday October 13

We started the retreat with a meeting on operations and goals for 2017.

Operations Meeting

Operations Meeting

We also came together for this great group shot. I was super excited about our HR Polo shirts in this photo!

Group Photo

Photo Credit: Damon Talbot

For the rest of the day, we had time to enjoy the outdoors by the lake and get to know each other better. The view was so beautiful, you could see steam rise from the lake in the morning! Having meals together was a highlight too, felt like one big family.

View from the Lake House

View from the Lake House

Friday October 14

We went to DC where we were able to tour FEMA and the Capitol. It was a beautiful Fall day in DC, very comfortable in the sunshine.

Our time at FEMA first started with us sitting in on a daily briefing. It was enlightening to see what they discuss from day to day. After the briefing we took a mini tour inside the NRCC. It was awesome to see under the umbrella of FEMA, there a lot of divisions and groups that work together.

Once the tour concluded, we sat down with several FEMA representatives and had an engaging discussion on the role of social media in disaster response. Here’s an article about the tour and the work FEMA and Humanity Road have done together.

Group Photo After Tour

Photo Credit: Damon Talbot

We then took a tour of the Capitol. We had some free time in DC, so some of us went to the Library of Congress. They had cool exhibits on the best books by American authors and a section on the history of Civil Rights in the USA.


Capitol ~ Photo Credit: Damon Talbot

Saturday October 15

Our last full day together included multiple sessions. We had an inside look and demonstration of SCANIGO, a software we use during activations.

Two of our volunteers gave a presentation on HAM Radio (amateur radio) which can be considered as the “Foundation of Social Media”. With HAM Radio, you can communicate within various distances. We learned about a lot of resources/websites that involve using radio and how we can become HAM Radio technicians ourselves.

HAM Radio Presentation

Damon giving an overview of HAM Radio

HAM Radio Presentation

Lloyd showing us a website that uses HAM Radio as a resource.

We also saw this great volunteer appreciation video (below) that one of the volunteers put together reflecting on HR’s service in 2015. It was so moving to see all the impactful work done within a year.

The highlight of the day was the recognition of some of our volunteers. Over the years, volunteers have put so many hours of service into HR. It was really wonderful and inspiring to see!

We ended the night with a barbecue. Some of us gathered around a bonfire where we made s’mores and were greeted by the moon.

Evening Moon

Photo Credit: Damon Talbot


We all have different backgrounds and interests. It was really cool to see how we all fit together in what we do at Humanity Road. This retreat was a great way to step away from our everyday routines and get to know each other on a more personal level.

Thank you to Damon Talbot for his great photos!