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Humanity Road’s Weekly Activity Update

Humanity Road’s digital disaster volunteers monitor on-going and potential disaster situations to assess for urgent needs and to help propagate accurate and timely information.

The past week our volunteers were monitoring:

  • Super Typhoon Vongfong, impacting Guam, Mariana Island and Japan.
    • It is the strongest tropical cyclone of 2014 according to the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
    • Hashtags monitored were #TyphoonVongFong, #Vongfong.
    • The team provided helpful links and information in social media.
  • Typhoon Phanfone impacting Japan.
    • Situation awareness and projected paths of this storm and Typhoon Vongfong were documented.
    • Helpful #prepare links and information were amplified in social media.
  • Magnitude 7.2 earthquake south east Chile’s Easter Island.
  • Magnitude 5.5 earthquake, 139km ESE of Sorong, Indonesia. No dammage reported.
  • Watch for hurricane Simon, a tropical storm threatening to impact Baja California, Mexico.


Other Humanity Road activities:

  • Humanity Road’sChris Thompson gave a presentation on Data Mining in the Cloud to members of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) at a Cybersecurity Workshop in Washington on October 7. The NCOIC is an international organization focused on accelerating the global use of network-centric principles and systems. Their goal is to improve information sharing among different communities of interest to enhance their productivity, interactivity, safety and security. The shared insights and observations of the workshop will become part of an NCOIC white paper on the problems, solutions and opportunities associated with developing and maintaining a secure cloud environment for rapid response situations such as natural disasters, epidemics and other crises. Details about the workshop can be found on the NCOIC website.


  • Participation at a planning session for Operation DragonFire (ODF) in California, on October 6. ODF is a major agency-wide, multi-partner social media emergency management project, which is being coordinated by National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). Humanity Road is part of a working group helping to design and develop the platform. The purpose of ODF is to obtain and provide real-time public health information before, during, and after a public health emergency to responders and individuals from a wide range of sources. The project is in its initial stages of design. You can read more about the project on this blog post.


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