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Humanity Road’s Weekly Activity Update

The past week and a half involved some intense monitoring of major flooding in northern India.  Humanity Road digital disaster volunteers and interns monitor on-going and potential disaster situations to assess for urgent unmet needs and to help propagate accurate and timely information.

The past week and a half our volunteers were monitoring:

  • Flooding in Jammu and Kashmir, India
    • Described by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as the area’s “worst flood in 109 years
    • Volunteers monitored for SOS tweets and relayed them to a crowdsourced platform activated to support the event.
    • The Google Person Finder for this flooding event is available in both English and Hindi.
    • View Humanity Road’s Situation Report for the flooding in Jammu and Kashmir
  • Flooding in Arizona, US

Other Humanity Road activities in the past week and a half:

  • Supporting the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in their 2014 Preparedness Month activities.  Each week in September the CDC will focus messages and products on helping vulnerable populations prepare for disasters.  Last week’s focus was on children.  Humanity Road’s #DAFN team (focusing on disabilities, accessibility and functional needs) tweeted messages on preparedness for kids from preschoolers to high schoolers.   For tips, activities, and videos during preparedness month follow @CDCemergency and @HumanityRoad.

    On September 10, 2014, from 3 to 4pm Eastern Time, join a #CDCprep TwitterChat discussing preparedness for vulnerable populations

    On September 10, 2014, from 3 to 4pm Eastern Time, join a #CDCprep TwitterChat discussing preparedness for vulnerable populations

  • This week’s focus is on medical needs during disasters.  The CDC will “talk about preparedness actions for those with disabilities, health conditions, medical needs, their caregivers, and information for emergency planners to meet the physical and mental needs.”
  • Also, join the CDC for a TwitterChat on Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations on September 10 at 3pm EST. Use #CDCprep and join the conversation!
  • Developed plans to support a preparedness exercise in Seattle, WA, scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014.  Stacy Nolan is helping organize the event which will include Seattle Fire Department and Fire Cadets, CERT teams, Seattle School District and digital partners Humanity Road and the Field Innovation Team.   Humanity Road has been requested to assist in social media support using Facebook, Twitter, and other tools to capture real time situational awareness of the disaster exercise via social media.
  • Humanity Road has been invited by the Office of Emergency Management with Altus, OK to support a public event with social media monitoring for the 2014 Oklahoma AFB Airshow event September 13, 2014.

Special Notice for Humanity Road volunteers:

  • All volunteers are invited to consider attending this year’s International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) event in New York City – Applications are now open for ICCM 2014 Fellowships.   ICCM 2014 Fellowship Application.  Our partners have very kindly offered to sponsor a limited number of fellows to help defray the costs of attending this year’s Crisis Mapping Conference, ICCM 2014, in New York City. Fellows will be selected by sponsors in a competitive process, and winners will be notified on or before October 1st. If selected, ICCM International Fellows will be eligible to receive flights to/from New York City, lodging and registration to ICCM 2014. Accepted applicants from the greater New York City area will receive a stipend to cover local ground transportation to and from the conference, in addition to having their registration fee waived. If you would like to be considered for this year’s Crisis Mappers Fellowship Program, please complete the application below by Sunday, September 21st.


Curious about Humanity Road? Would you like to join us?  Start by visiting Humanity Road’s volunteer page.