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In early May, Kilauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai'i began erupting in the Leilani Estates subdivision causing about 1,700 people to evacuate. Fissures have opened along a 2.5 mile stretch of land, and lava has covered 116 acres and destroyed 36 structures. President Donald Trump has...

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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...

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Corporate Philanthropy

The need to improve situation awareness and communications in response to disaster was a call to action for our nation because of the impacts and response to Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Humanity Road was created to address this need and is a resource for organizations looking to enhance their...

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What can you expect when solar and geomagnetic storms happen? Storm intensity can vary from having just a beautiful show of Aurora borealis lights to slight radio disturbances, interference with signals, navigation, and...

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How do I join the Humanity Road team as a volunteer?

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Press Release - Humanity Road has activated to support YachtAid Global and their 2017 Caribbean Relief response to provide disaster relief to the Caribbean. The scope of the damage left by Hurricanes Irma and Maria is almost incomprehensible.

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There are many things you can do to protect yourself and your family from the dangers a volcanic eruption can cause. Following are links to current volcanic activity as well as tips on what to do after an eruption and when there is ashfall in your area. From Discovery we share a brief 4...

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What if you needed to call 911 or emergency services and all circuits were busy, what would you do? This is a scenario that plays out during every large disaster. Sudden onset disasters can create a significant increase in calls to emergency services. When the Boston bombings happened, so...

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According to FEMA, “tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.”

Remember, storms scare some pets, and they may hide. Know your pet’s hiding places so you can...

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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...

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Have you thought about creating a disaster kit? 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...

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Chris Thompson leads a discussion at the volunteer retreat

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.

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This month, Humanity Road Volunteers and staff gathered at Lake Anna, Virginia for a retreat and planning session. As part of the program, the team was invited to tour FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) facility in Washington DC. The tour included an overview of the...

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A night sky filled with red fireworks exploding and embedded is a photo of Maggie Shepley with the dates June 9, 1973 to Sept 9 2016

Ms. Magi Shepley was dedicated to effective disaster communications and disaster response. She had an expertise in assistive technology and enjoyed working with people with disabilities in disaster including autism, and intellectual disabilities. She supported her local food bank at her local...

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Sean Graham operates on the front-lines of emergency response. He rescues critical patients via helicopter, and gets them the care they need ASAP. But by working with Humanity Road, he discovered a whole new way to save lives…

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Cat Graham stands in front of a giant statue of Ghengis Kahn in a park in Mongolia

After being in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit and now in Mongolia for the Pacific Endeavor planning workshop, I have been thinking about the impact that the Silk Road had on the citizens and communities along it’s path. Ghengis Khan rose to power at the end of the twelfth century....

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Image of Martin Luther King, Jr.  January 18, 2016 is Marting Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. Each year citizens and organizations unite to become engaged in service activities to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the...

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We all love our comfort zones. But we must challenge them to do anything worthwhile. Humanity Road’s 2016 theme is “Spread Your Wings”: going out of your way to help people, and pushing your limits.

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What do Chicago, Libya, Alabama, and Montenegro have to do with each other? All were locations where an Ushahidi map was launched and Humanity Road provided support. This is a day in the life of Humanity Road – March 10, 2011.

On this day five years ago, Humanity Road volunteers were...

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2014 was another successful year for Humanity Road. We responded to 167 disasters; 57 in the USA, and 109 in over 44 other countries across six continents.

As a reverse 5th birthday present, we’re recognizing our hardest-working volunteers for all they did to save lives in 2014. Through...

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Guest Post by Corey Makar, Humanity Road Intern

Sometimes you make your own luck.

This idea is often applied to athletes – when a player is credited with scoring a lucky goal, the hundreds of hours that that player spent exercising and honing their skills is rarely mentioned. A new...

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While all of Humanity Road’s volunteers work hard to save lives, some of us have uniquely awesome humanitarian stories to share. In this monthly Volunteer Spotlight, you’ll hear about Humanity Road’s best!

Ghana is a country beset by poverty, internal turmoil, and displaced refugees. But...

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Leaders from Cisco Systems, Google, Humanity Road, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, Intel, Joint Communications Task Force, Microsoft , FEMA Director Craig Fugate and White House Chief Technology Officer Ted Okada

Today FEMA launched an innovative national volunteer program to enhance disaster response and recovery efforts Nationwide.

Cisco Systems, Google, Humanity Road, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, Intel, Joint Communications Task Force and Microsoft have joined FEMA’s new...

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While all of Humanity Road’s volunteers work hard to save lives, some of us have uniquely awesome humanitarian stories to share. In the monthly Volunteer Spotlight, you’ll hear some more about Humanity Road’s best!

Yogita Firoda just joined HR during the Nepal quake, but she quickly got...

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Sarah Hunn is a Humanity Road road worker, so to speak. She develops disaster-response exercises. She writes and sends sitreps full of much-needed info to aid organizations on the ground in major disasters. And she gleans lessons from previous disaster responses, so we can respond to future...

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Alice McGowen is living proof that everyone can give back in their own way. She’s housebound, but works hard online to fight disasters around the world. She runs our DAFN Team – Disability, Accessibility, Functional Needs. They...

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Christoph Dennenmoser gets stuff done. Without further ado:

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Thanks for taking the time to do this interview.

My pleasure! You are doing a great job with the interviews!

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Statistics may be boring for many of us. But they’re critical to understanding and improving the effectiveness of any system. Siobhan derives useful insights from Humanity Road’s disaster response statistics.

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Wildfires: Preparedness Actions

Have fire tools handy at your home and in your home:

  • ladder, garden hoses, fire extinguishers, gas operated water pumps, shovels, rakes, and buckets.
  • Purchase cotton rope or leather halters for horses and livestock...
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By Alice McGowen, Disabilities, Accessibility & Functional Needs Program Lead for Humanity Road

WASHINGTON, DC , August 2, 2014 | In honor of International Assistance Dog Week, Humanity Road is supporting an awareness campaign in social media. This year during International...

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Humanity Road’s Da Vinci medal is awarded to a patron or contributor who gave much-needed support to Humanity Road’s programs. Through donations in kind or contributions, they have helped mold, shape and support the organization. We are pleased to announce the Humanity Road board of directors’...

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Chris is our President and Co-Founder (together with her sister, Vice President Catherine Graham.) She’s also a very active day-to-day Skype disaster responder, trained Red Cross...

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There are different types of events and this should be considered when planning for your future and your family. Discussing how to plan for an incident requires an approach to categorizing the nature, size and duration of events. For the purposes of this article, incidents can be considered...

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On April 25, 2015, Nepal was hit by a shallow magnitude 7.8 earthquake centered 34 km ESE of Lamjung District. Called the Gorkha earthquake, it killed over 8,800 people and destroyed nearly 600,000 houses in rural districts near the epicenter and in the...

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by Alice McGowen

Planning your personal go-kit is important but don’t forget your service dog. For your animal’s health and safety, you might consider creating two types of go-kits . For instance, individuals who are power dependent may wish to plan on sheltering at a location with backup...

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Humanity Road and partners at Pacific Endeavor 2015 in the Phillippines

An effective communication plan is a lifeline when disaster strikes. It takes planning and practice to ensure your family is prepared and will know what to do. What if it happens when you are at work or at school? Are you prepared to be that lifeline for each other? Today is National...

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Hereupon, you shall read the tale of Aline Carr, our Vice President of Operations and her exploits at Pacific Endeavor 2015 in the distant land of the Philippines.

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Road to Manila

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Manila, Philippines

On August 28, I boarded a...

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On August 6, 2006, a small earthquake struck the San Francisco area. The event triggered a discussion instantly in a new tool called “Twitter”. In that defining social media moment, two-way communications inspired the public not only to communicate status in real time but also to be active in...

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Executive Summary

After forming in the Pacific Ocean on March 6, 2015, Cyclone Pam left a path of destruction across the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Tuvalu before making landfall in Vanuatu on March 13 as a Category 5 storm. All of the island nations affected suffered...

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A local resident of Sausalito, California has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by President Barack Obama, Presidential Service Awards Program. It was four years ago this week that the Tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2011. It’s fitting today to be celebrating the work of one...

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While all of Humanity Road’s volunteers work hard to save lives, some of us have uniquely awesome humanitarian stories to share. In this monthly Volunteer Spotlight, you’ll hear about Humanity Road’s best!

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Our internship program is cutting edge. It affords our interns the opportunity to plug into some of the newest approaches and “think teams” both domestically and internationally. Our program immerses the students in learning and using online social media techniques in combination with a...

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Guest Post by Claudia Espinosa

In a constant search for knowledge and intending to explore and share emergency management approaches to animals in disaster, Humanity Road met Paul Weinberg for an interview.

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Humanity Road’s Cat Graham is in Malaysia where she is contributing to the planning for Pacific Endeavor. Pacific Endeavor is an annual multi-national workshop to improve disaster communication and is hosted by US Pacific Command. Communicating in a disaster is often challenging, even within...

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Today starts a long journey to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; where a key 22 country multinational planning workshop takes place next week. It took longer to arrive than the flight that takes me there.

Boarding for Malaysia

It will take me 22 hours to arrive in Kuala Lumpur. I’m sitting in...

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This week as part of the America’s National PrepareAthon, Humanity Road is launching our awareness campaign for vulnerable population groups. Preparing for an emergency is...

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Humanity Road announced today the selection of the 2013 Choice Awards for disaster response. We’re thrilled to announce recipients for our 2013 Da Vinci award. Significant and noteworthy service or product contribution, this medal is awarded to a Patron or contributor who has added...

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Chris Thompson never expected to have to use lifesaving measures to resuscitate her swimming extraordinaire pup. Thankfully she was prepared when a leisurely afternoon on the lake quickly turned into a terrifying ordeal. Jade, a 17 year old mixed cow dog and spaniel, is normally at home in the...

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Pacific Endeavor Exercise

When disaster strikes, helping our neighbor may be crucial for their survival, and in the world of disaster our neighbor could be next door or 2,000 miles away. Often military resources are deployed to assist with transport and treatment of injured, or delivery of critical resources....

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The beautiful island of Oahu was the headquarters for a six day 24 hour international virtual Crisismapping exercise from May 15 through May 20. Spontaneous and Emergency Management Volunteers from thirteen countries participated in the world’s largest crowdsourced crisismapping simulation...

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June 4, 2013, Subcommittee Hearing: Emergency Management 2.0 How Social Media and New Technology are Transforming Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery.

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In recognition of National Volunteer Week we are highlighting some stories about individuals who made a difference in the lives of those impacted by disaster. Today we spotlight the winner of the President’s Choice Award – Catherine Graham.

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The Americans With Disability Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an person with a disability. If an animal meets this...

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July 28, 2010 - PRLog -- WASHINGTON, DC / BOYDTON, VA – Humanity Road, Inc has earned what is believed to be the first of its kind; 501(c)(3) tax exempt Public...

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