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Humanity Road

Rating: 4.84 stars   64 reviews 4,603

Address:

230 WASHINGTON ST Boydton VA 23917 USA

Mission:

We help the public survive, sustain and reunite after catastrophic disaster by closing the black hole of communications. We monitor social media to save lives. We connect people and animal owners with those who can provide them aid.

Results:

Our volunteers are making a difference in the lives of people struck by disaster. In 2013 we responded to 200 events and helped 10,000 people get food and water and 121 people get rescued. Each year the lives we touch has grown.

Target demographics:

people and animals impacted by disaster

Direct beneficiaries per year:

aid providers rescue more than 100 people and give food and water to 10,000 more people impacted by disaster

Geographic areas served:

places all over the world

Programs:

monitoring social media to save lives, testing new disaster response tools and technology, and helping emergency officials plan and conduct preparedness campaigns and exercises

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

7 people found this review helpful

As an expert in HADR Radio Communications I truly understand the power of swift and clear communications. Humanity Road is one of the most inspiring and relevant non profits that exist in this sector today. Their obvious passion for helping people during the humanitarian disasters is equal only to the extraordinary results they achieve when they "deploy". The aggregated data that is collected via the various sources of social media they analyse helps guide the big organisations more efficiently in helping the affected people. However they also live and die by the adage that they must always keep the human in humanitarian relief, it may all be online but it always more about the people.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I chose to donate to Humanity Road because they are providing a service to the public for communications. This was one of the biggest gaps during Hurricane Katrina. Effective communications will help save lives. I always know I can rely on Humanity Road for the best information.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I reached out to Humanity Road on behalf of the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management in NZ. We're engaging with them around capability building for our public information function and exercise planning and development. Cat has been wonderful, happy to share knowledge, answer questions and provide advice. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship in the future.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

After Hurricane Sandy in NYC our team of designers had a chance to work with Humanity Road, who were in the midst of supporting the most vulnerable citizens in New York City. HR gave us invaluable information about the immediate needs of rescue workers in a crises. Our product development benefitted greatly. They have continued to support and help our efforts by connecting us to people in different countries that do first responder work. HR are organized, compassionate and up to date with communication strategies and needs for emergency workers.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Humanity Road is a dedicated non-profit with a global volunteer network. Their training, tools, and support are fantastic and the volunteers are vigilant in producing accurate and reliable information during times of disaster and crisis. With Humanity Road there will always be someone there to respond and help those in need!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Humanity Road fills a unique niche in the demand for digital information around the globe when disaster strikes. No one provides such vital detailed information during times of crisis as Humanity Road. The efficiency and effectiveness of this organization is simply outstanding. I urge you to find a way to support them with donations or exposure. Find them on Facebook, like them and share Humanity Road's page.

 
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9 people found this review helpful

Humanity Road is a very special organization driven by very special people. I joined the team as a volunteer in the wake of the recent Nepal earthquake. Since then, I have been trained in various activities of the organization. I have realized that Humanity Road fills a critical gap between formal disaster response systems and real-time deployments. Using technology as an essential tool, Humanity Road has been of commendable service in situations where prompt interventions are needed. The work they do is outstanding, and the dedication of the team to an urgent need is remarkable.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

As a Pacific Disaster Center representative I worked with Humanity Road (HR) staff in an exercise environment supporting a multination disaster response exercise. The HR staff were clearly experts in their field. PDC looks forward working with HR in the future on real or exercise environment disaster response.
Respectfully,
Lara Payne
Pacific Disaster Center

 
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4 people found this review helpful

HR is working in an Industry Consortium called the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) to advance interoperability in our Rapid Response Incubator. These efforts hope someday to enable all parties involved in disasters, from victims to governments, front line to back office, even gamers and social networkers, to operate at their best in a secure-enough fashion to speed and lower the cost of response. Remember, we could all become the victims at any moment, if things go badly. HR is there, wherever there is.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Researchers have now started publishing data on the use of social media in disasters, and lawmakers and security experts have begun to assess how emergency management can best adapt. “The convergence of social networks and mobile has thrown the old response playbook out the window,” Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, told the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications on June 4. The new playbook will not do away with the emergency broadcast system and other government efforts. Rather, it will incorporate new data from researchers, federal agencies and nonprofits that have begun to reveal the exact penetration of social media in disasters.

I believe Humanity Road will play a growing and ever more important role helping us all adapt to and leverage this trend as their ecosystem of partners and subscribers grows.

 
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