In response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, Humanity Road published two situation reports and deployed physically to Lumberton, NC>
- Physical Deployment to Lumberton: Humanity Road launched a physical deployment to Lumberton NC on September 20. 2018.
- Situation Report 2 was published on September 19, 2018 and is a special report for 25 North Carolina counties impacted by Florence. The report contains county level status on communications, health and vulnerable population information. The following is a summary of Humanity Road activities to date:
- Situation Report 1 was published on September 15, 2018 and provided links to National, NC state and county official websites and social media accounts.
- Search and Rescue Heat Map published on September 12, 2018. In a successful collaboration, Humanity Road working to support the U.S. Coast guard with strategic information products, provided a Strategic heat map showing the density of requests for rescue emerging on social media throughout the region affected by Hurricane Florence. The heat map was maintained live on a daily basis to provide situational awareness of emerging hot spots. The Strategic Heat map has now been retired. The heat map was developed to provide location information but the street level detail was hidden in consideration of privacy concerns.
- Resource List for Vulnerable Population in SE Virginia was published on September 11, 2018. The report provides helpful links for people with Disabilities, Accessibility, and Functional Needs (DAFN) in southeastern Virginia. It includes statewide resources and links for the following counties and cities: Chesapeake City, Hampton City, Isle of Wight County, James City County, Newport News City, Norfolk City, Northampton County, Poquoson City, Portsmouth City, Suffolk City, Surry County, Virginia Beach City, and York County.
Online Activation Summary:
The team responded for a total of 22 days performing live data mining and monitoring of social media of approximately 700 locations across 26 NC counties to find and help solve unmet needs. Humanity Road provided the US Coast Guard with a Strategic Heat Map showing requests for rescue located in social media, it also includes rescue requests being processed and fielded by the Cajun Navy. This work was supported with surge partners from GISCorps and Montgomery County, MD CERT. US Coast Guard Heat People: For the rescue requests and heat map, crowdsourcing rescue and response teams reported that as of September 19, 2018 there are no open unresolved rescue requests pending.
Facebook Disaster Maps
In partnership with Facebook, Humanity Road provided daily updates showing population densities, network usage and network coverage for Facebook users Connectivity maps can be found in Humanity Road Situation Report and a quick link directly to the Facebook only report can be found here Facebook Disaster Maps
Strategic Heat Map
The heat map was developed to provide location information but the street level detail was hidden in consideration of privacy concerns. Volunteers representing multiple organizations are collaborating in response to Hurricane Florence. The organizations include Humanity Road, GISCorps, Montgomery County, MD CERT, Data Information from NAPSG. Tasks included identifying and mapping rescue requests, identification of urgent needs, and situational awareness. The tasks were completed through the cooperation of sharing database information, leveraging a data aggregation tool, automated and manual scanning of social media platforms, and usage of Skype for communications that provided team situational awareness throughout the period of activation dubbed.
Coordination and Collaboration:
As a member of National VOAD, FEMA Tech Sector, Virginia VOAD and South-Central Virginia VOAD, we collaborate with many organizations including NC VOAD and Private Sector partners to collect these information products. We thank them for their engagement and response. Humanity Road activated its disaster desk for Hurricane Florence on Monday, September 10, 2018 and remains actively engaged in the response.