Humanity Road has been busy, as usual! Our digital disaster volunteers monitor on-going and potential disaster situations to assess for urgent unmet needs and to help propagate accurate and timely information.
This week our volunteers were monitoring:
- Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) impacting the Philippines, Viet Nam and China
- Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone: 613 deaths in 2014
- Typhoon Matmo, Taiwan & China
- Magnitude 6.9 earthquake with an epicenter located half way between the main islands of Fiji and Tonga
- Cholera outbreak in South Sudan: 106 deaths in 2014
- Virginia Tornado. A tornado touched down at the Cherrystone Campground in coastal Cheriton, Virginia, causing two deaths and 36 injuries.
- Humanity Road volunteers amplified officials’ messages in social media, offered guidance to the public on the use of text messages; suggested who to follow in social media for official updates, listed shelter and traffic conditions related to the storm, and provided contacts to veterinary and animal support services in the area.
- Humanity Road volunteers monitored a twitter stream containing over 5500 messages averaging 175 tweets per minute. Our Situation Report for the tornado is available on Humanity Road’s website.
Humanity Road volunteers have also been working on the following in the past week:
- Giving recognition to great organizations.
- A hearty shout out to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) for their great work celebrating social media accessibility for people with #DAFN (Disabilities, Accessibility and Functional Needs). VDEM uses the hashtag #AccSocMedia. Examples here and here.
- Way to go, Hillsborough, New Jersey, for developing a Special Needs Registry
- Kudos to the North Central Texas Council of Governments for their work developing a Special Needs Assistance Program
- The Animals in Disaster Team managed the @jAIDdog and @disasteranimals twitter accounts and the Animals in Disaster Facebook page in order to help people prepare their large and small animals for, and to help them survive, emergencies and disasters. Our Team also assisted with monitoring urgent events and recruiting for interns.
- Humanity Road’s 54th monthly all-hands meeting
- Accepted an invitation for a role in Operation Dragon Fire – a joint initiative between the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to develop an improved, whole community, social media response to public health emergencies
- Lots of behind-the-scenes work to keep things running smoothly and efficiently. (This is always on the weekly update because it is critical to our success!)
Like to test your knowledge? Try answering the following trivia questions.
Questions inspired by a Humanity Road trivia game played on Twitter this week.
- What was the first disaster to which the Humanity Road team responded?
- 2008 China earthquake (M7.9)
- 2010 Haiti earthquake (M7.0)
- 2012 Hurricane Sandy, eastern U.S.
- July 26, 2014 is the 24th Anniversary of the ADA. An important U.S. law, what is the ADA?
- How many events did Humanity Road’s team respond to during our first year as a 501(c)(3) public charity?
- 16 events in 5 countries
- 29 events in 35 countries
- 72 events in 53 countries
- What percentage of Americans have a disability?
- You can support Humanity Road by retweeting the messages on our three official Twitter accounts. Which of the following are the three official accounts?
- @DisasterAssist, @AidFromSM, @HumanityRoad
- @DisasterAssist, @DisasterAnimals, @HumanityRoad
- @jAIDDog, @DisasterAnimals, @HumanityRoad
- Which one of the following statements is FALSE?
- There are more people with disabilities living in America than the entire population of Canada.
- The number of Americans with vision impairments is comparable to the entire population of Switzerland.
- There are more Americans with hearing impairments than in all of Denmark, Paraguay or Hong Kong.
Curious about Humanity Road? Would you like to join us? Start by visiting Humanity Road’s volunteer page. Thank you for your interest!
Answers to trivia questions:
- (B) The 2010 Haiti earthquake (M7.0) was the first event to which Humanity Road responded
- The Americans with Disabilities Act. It prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.
- (C) 72 events in 53 countries were responded to in Humanity Road’s first year as a 501(c)(3).
- (C) Approximately 57 million Americans have a disability. That’s 18% of the US population as of 2010.
- (C) @jAIDDog, @DisasterAnimals, @HumanityRoad are Humanity Road’s official Twitter accounts.
- Trick question!! (sorry) They are ALL TRUE. These statements were taken directly from the Disability Connection Newsletter on Disability.gov.