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Humanity Road Weekly Activity Report – October 17-26th

Humanity Road (HR) monitors man-made and natural disaster around the globe. Here is what has been monitored and accomplished within the last week:

From October 17th – October 26th Humanity Road volunteers were monitoring:

  • Earthquake – Hindu Kush, Afghanistan/ Pakistan
    • Magnitude 7.5 quake centered in the mountainous Hindu Kush region
    • Buildings were evacuated in the capitals of all three countries and communications disrupted in many areas.
    • Hundreds are feared dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    • Monitored social media for urgent needs
  • Hurricane Patricia – Mexico
    • Maximum sustained winds reached 200 mph (325 kph) – a Category 5 storm – the strongest Pacific Hurricane this season
    • Impacts were severe in many locations but there was no loss of life.
    • Searched for and relayed urgent needs for food, shelter, and water from the destroyed town of Chamela, Mexico
    • More than 1 million messages were aggregated and filtered
    • Sixteen volunteers contributed over 100 hours of service monitoring this disaster.
    • Read the Hurricane Patricia Situation Report
  • Typhoon Lando – Philippines
    • Monitored the situation, amplified official information on social media, and searched for urgent needs.
    • Our situation report has been amplified on social media, sent to ReliefWeb, and shared with the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN), Cisco Tacops, the Pacific Disaster Center, the Emergency Response Integration Center (ERIC), as well as civil and military disaster response professionals on Skype.
    • Humanitarian Open Street Map (HOT/OSM) requested to share HR Sitrep
    • Cisco is “keeping an eye on Humanity Road’s content”
    • The Pacific Disaster Center also posted the report link on their Emergency Operations website (EMOPS)
    • The sitrep has been sent to Reliefweb and Info.HR.
    • Searched and forwarded urgent needs to Project Agos
      • Large volunteer group in the Philippines that works with the government to monitor social media, created crisis maps, and follow up on urgent needs cases.
      • We were asked by a Project Agos volunteer to look for tweets from people not using the hashtags #LandoPH, #RescuePH, or #ReliefPH
    • Read HR’s 3 situation reports on Typhoon Lando

Other Humanity Road news from October 17th – October 26th:

  • Humanity Road in the News
    • HR’s Social Media & Emergency Management Exercise Planning Guide was featured in the European Journalism Centre’s (EJC) Emergency Journal
    • Emergency Journalism is an initiative by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) that brings together relevant news and resources for media professionals reporting in volatile situations.
    • The website focuses on tools that use up-to-date digital technology, including information collection tools to multi-layered live maps, and support media coverage of emergencies such as natural disasters and political conflicts.
    • Here is a tweet you can retweet:
  • Thanks to all who support our Disaster Response Program by participating in Amazon Smile !
  • Sharing on Instagram: Humanity Road Top Rated Nonprofit


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