HUMANITY ROAD monitors social media for Haiyan response in the Philippines and provides aid for more than 10,000 people. Working with military and direct relief aid providers to relay urgent needs identified by monitoring social media, more than 121 people were rescued and 10,000 received food and water.
HUMANITY ROAD MONITORS SOCIAL MEDIA TO SAVE LIVES – Michael’s family was trapped in their home as Hurricane Sandy blasted across the Dominican Republic. Rushing waters from the storm surge filled the street and pressed against their doors. With lines down and his cellphone dying, Michael sent out a desperate SOS over social media. Humanity Road monitors spotted Michael’s message and contacted the local rescue team… and then waited anxiously for news. Michael and his family were rescued along with more than sixty neighbors.
HUMANITY ROAD HELPS SANDY SURVIVORS REBUILD – The storm was just the beginning for the people of New York’s Rockaways neighborhood. After the wind and water of Hurricane Sandy came the long struggle to clean up and rebuild. Fortunately the locals weren’t alone… thousands of volunteers turned up to help. Communication was key, and Humanity Road was there with technology and expertise to keep the recovery rolling.
GLOBAL HUMANITY ROAD TEAM TRAINS DISASTER RESPONDERS – Volunteers in thirteen nations teamed up over the Internet in May 2012 to build online maps in real time for a major joint military and civilian disaster exercise. The training event named “RIMPAC 2012“ featured the world’s biggest crisis-mapping exercise to date. Volunteers orchestrated by Humanity Road created more than two thousand simulated “inject” messages designed to stress-test an advanced “crowdsourced” tool called Quick-Nets that collects and makes meaning out of citizen reports in the crucial early hours of response.
HUMANITY ROAD ADVISES MILITARY, RELIEF AGENCIES IN ASIA – Even rural farmers in Asia now have communications technology beyond the dreams of the most advanced military and civilian disaster agencies only a few decades ago. But how to leverage that new power to help people affected by disasters on an Asian scale? For the third year running Humanity Road has been asked to travel to Asia to advise the U.S. and Asian militaries in an annual multinational disaster exercise called PACIFIC ENDEAVOR.