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Humanity Road

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services

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: Humanity Road helps locate, organize and connect people and communities with valuable information and critical resources. Since its founding in 2010, the organization has responded to nearly 1,000 disasters around the world.

Target demographics: We help people, animals and emergency officials by connecting them with resources when disaster strikes. During a disaster, impacted areas become overwhelmed, and viable lifesaving solutions and information can become impossible to find. Humanity Road is an additional lifeline (the bridge) for the affected public, local officials and emergency response teams using innovative technology and social listening platforms.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Every year, Humanity Road volunteers help thousands of people and animals around the world impacted by disaster. In 2016, the disaster desk was active for 3,878 hours. Volunteers responded to 105 events in 45 countries, and total volunteer hours of service topped 11,000 hours.

Geographic areas served: places all over the world

Programs: Because no call for help should be unheard, we monitor social media to save lives, testing new disaster response tools and technology, and helping emergency officials plan and conduct preparedness campaigns and exercises to improve the disaster response chain of care.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Following Cyclone Debbie here in Australia we needed some quick intelligence on the extent of damage to cellular networks, which HR were able to provide quickly and painlessly. We are already using that data to help further build resilience in Australia. Without HR's support, this information would have been much more difficult for us to find. Also, the history of HR's situation reports provides an invaluable longitudinal data set on the impact of disasters on communications and other vital services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer it brings me joy to help Humanity Road. The way this team springs into action to help those who need help is simply amazing. Their training and exercises are like none I have ever attended. This work gives me purpose in life to help others. I didn't have much insight to the world outside of the US until volunteering for HR. I enjoy interacting with volunteers from around the world. Thank you Humanity Road for all you do in helping people sustain, survive, and reunite during and after a disaster.

2 Sam Van L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This knowledgeable and well organized team is an asset to almost any team.
They brought a combination of gear and savvy that brought communications to Big Pine, re-connecting residents with their worried families elsewhere. They organized and provided space and support for FEMA so locals could easily register for aid.

Being self-sufficient meant that they were not a burden to their partners - in fact they hosted me and another partner in their RV, allowing us to focus on our missions.

I was happy to provide Logistics Support to Humanity Road, delivering essential items to their operation in Big Pine Key, FL after Hurricane Irma.

Most recently, they connected me with a specialized technical advisor who is now assisting us to plan an innovative radio communications system for partners working in the mountains of western Puerto Rico.

I look forward to working with Humanity Road in the future.

Heather Boisselle S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just a brief note to let you know how hard and fast these folks work!! I arrived in Cudjoe Key FL 8 days after complete annihilation as a result of Irma. Before we knew it, the troops had arrived and set up internet connections! It was the first and only way to get communications out of our area.
In addition, I had the pleasure of meeting Christine Thompson. She very kind and took some time just to reassure me that it would be ok! So grateful these folks were there at Big Pine when I needed them!
Thank you, Heather

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

We are a small all volunteer NGO www.yachtaidglobal.org Humanity Road has been instrumental in helping us achieve our objectives. They are a first class ethical organization.

Thank you Humanity Road for helping us help others.

Captain Mark Drewelow
Founder, YachtAid Global

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have had a brief time working with Humanity Road and must say the people are amazing. They very much care about the world and the events that affect others around the world. I have been very thankful to have met them and continue to work with them in many aspects. thank you for the great work all of you do.

3 Najeeb G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity Road (HR) is a unique not for profit organisation that remain steadfast and focused on what they are good at - 'closing the black hole of communication' by linking disaster affected communities to the emergency response organisations.

As a volunteer, i can attest to the fact that at Humanity Road, they matched words with action. In fact, i witnessed a moment where HR volunteers monitored three tropical storms, three hurricanes, two earthquakes and two disaster exercise within 48 hours.

HR volunteers are always eager to provide help, train volunteers and make a difference.

3 Yogita F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity Road is one of the most inspiring and relevant non profits that I have worked with in recent times.
With a passion to help people during the disasters, the tools, support, the volunteers are always there providing reliable and accurate data & information.
A truly digital humanitarian organisation in spirit & grit making sure there is always someone to help!

2 kc5fm

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have worked with HumanityRoad for a number of years. During this time, I have managed a number of disasters and planned events.

Humanity Road has consistently been involved on a global scale while maintaining their interest in what happens locally.

Humanity Road is an excellent Non-Profit.

3 Chethan B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a student , the ways in which I am being benefitted from being a part of this organization are:-
1) Practical and global exposure to what I am learning in class
2)Work at my convenience
3) Systematic training provided periodically or as per request

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

5 RobinNicole

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

8 Lauren120

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

8 mattcodanradio

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.