Humanity Road has forever shaped the way the Coast Guard conducts disaster response operations and impacted my life much more personally. During Hurricane Harvey, I had the chance to work alongside the team from Humanity Road as we worked to collect “911 social media posts” from hurricane survivors. The Coast Guard prides itself in making sure no call goes unanswered, and with Harvey’s massive scale, we needed all hands on deck to make sure we lived up to this. Throughout the week-long deployment, we collected over 1000 search and rescue cases involving 5200+ survivors from Facebook and Twitter. Humanity Road does noble work, and people are alive today because of their efforts. On a more personal level, Humanity Road leaders Chris Thompson and Cat Graham became mentors and role models during the response efforts. The lessons I took away from their leadership will forever touch my life. I am eternally grateful.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pacific Disaster Center
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.
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.
I lead a team of engineers in an international consortium (70 companies/government agencies across 17 countries) to implement secure interoperability (cybersecurity for cloud networks). Humanity Road has been extremely helpful in focusing our efforts for disaster response and helping us to understand use cases through their real world experiences.
I run a small non-for-profit tech company in Kathmandu. My team worked closely with Humanity Road after the earthquake in Nepal, particularly to operate quakemap.org that my team deployed right after the earthquake.
Humanity Road helped us to collect, verify, and process reports coming to the quakemap platform. Quakemap was used as one of the key information sources in Nepal's earthquake response and relief work. In addition, they created Situation Reports periodically based on the information available in quakemap.org and other sources. The report was used by different humanitarian agencies.
This was the first time I worked with Humanity Road directly. I found them open and highly professional. I am impressed with their practical advise and inspired by their passion in helping people in crisis. They were always accessible in Skype, emails etc. when I needed them. It was great experience working with them.
I run a website called crisiscleanup.org. After disaster, hundreds of voluntary organizations use it to coordinate relief efforts. However, the first couple of weeks after disaster, nobody knows who needs help. To help solve this problem, I partnered with Humanity Road and other organizations to open the free 1-800 number for survivors of disasters.
When it counted most, Humanity Road provided digital, remote volunteers to participate in a virtual phone bank. They were able answer phones from survivors in Texas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. They listened to their stories, and entered their work requests on crisiscleanup.org. I, and those survivors, are in debt to the service Humanity Road volunteers gave when it mattered most.
Humanity Road has an extraordinary responsibility assisting victims of disaster; however, what really goes unnoticed is the effort behind the scenes of their leadership who initiates mutual aid requests for additional volunteer teams to assist in whatever the disaster may be - whether a local or international level disaster. The challenges faced during times of disaster are dynamic yet the Humanity Road team and their past operational experience make for other volunteer organizations, like mine, to be able to contribute effectively and without confusion as instructions are clear and concise. Humanity Road and their volunteers use many of the collaborative tools on the market to their advantage and in doing so, it promotes a culture of information sharing among the teams. I am happy to have the opportunity to provide assistance to Humanity Road and those they serve.
I'm a medical doctor and I lead disaster response teams. I've led teams for the US Navy, FEMA, the Roddenberry Foundation, and others in Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, Port-au-Prince, Banda Aceh, Tacloban, Kathmandu, Izmit, and more. Over the past several years I've come to expect to see Humanity Road at work by the time I arrive in any event and that's been consistently so, including the most recent Nepalese Earthquake. Cat and her team were coordinating communications between dozens of organizations inside the first three days after the earthquake and they continued through my own ten-day team deployment there and back. I was able to ask her team questions while we prepared for deployment and get answers relayed from experts within hours. I was able to give her updates from our work in the foothills of the Himalayas and her team relayed our status and our needs to other teams within minutes. I now consider Humanity Road an integral asset for us during responses and I seek them out before I go anywhere. One of the most valuable attributes any of us can ask for is professional reliability and Humanity Road is there, every time. Speaking for my own teams, remembering far-away nights in the dark linked only by satellite phone, Cat and her volunteers have our deep thanks.
Two months ago I came across Humanity Road while doing research for my Master Thesis on improving online data repositories for humanitarian logistics and I decided to give it a go for the following reasons: A) I believe that the idea behind Humanity Road and what they are doing to support disaster response shows great promise as the world keeps globalizing and more an more people get access to the internet and B) to learn more about the world of humanitarian logistics.
It goes to show that I was right to join for these reasons, since when I joined I immediately landed in the response to Cyclone Pam and could experience first hand what a difference HR can make in the world. Furthermore, Vice President Cat Graham has been exceptionally helpful in answering all my questions and aiding me in better understanding the world of humanitarian logistics. All in all, I'm very happy I joined HR!
La organización es simplemente fantástica. He tenido el pacer de participar en distintos proyectos de Humanity Road y cada vez he terminado sorprendida de la calidad de sus voluntarios, el liderazgo de Cat Graham y Chris Thompson y el resultado y aportes que hacen en la investigación y difusión de información sobre desastres. La organización es pionera y experta en el monitoreo de las redes sociales en busca de detallada información sobre los últimos acontecimientos y el seguimiento de necesidades incumplidas y urgentes. La organización cuanta con devotos, bien entrenados y excelentemente coordinados voluntarios dispuestos a trabajar arduamente bajo la dirección de sus lideres. Sus lideres manejan a sus voluntarios y a la organización a través de un discurso potente, habilidades gerenciales, motivación, espacio, cuidadosa atención y mucho cariño. Su amor y dedicación se transforman en una dirección y un trabajo muy detallado y cuidadoso con excelentes resultados. En el caso de Ciclón Pam en Vanuatu, Humanity Road trabajo en cercana colaboración con varias organizaciones internacionales destacando con un rol innovador y un projecto completamente novedoso alcanzando un verdadero éxito. Los resultados fueron incluso compartidos por el Gobierno de Vanuatu. Mi participación con Humanity Road en Vanuatu fue experiencia muy agradable. Sin duda Humanity Road es una de los mejores organizaciones en la que he tenido el placer de trabajar. Me siento honrada de participar bajo la excelente dirección de sus lideres y compartir tareas con sus increíbles voluntarios.
I joined Humanity Road about a month ago in order to learn more about public health emergencies and nonprofits. Humanity Road is a community of very welcoming and warm people who are eager to find opportunities for you to develop the skills you are interested in. I'm looking forward to volunteering more with this incredible organization.
I met with Ms. Cat Graham, Vice President, Humanity Road during the Pacific Endeavor (MCIP) exercise from 11-22 August 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her contribution in the White Cell of Pacific Endeavor was an opportunity to learn and grow further. She has linked humanitarian community with translators without borders, Direct Relief - Medicines, CISCO’s humanitarian services as well as HA/DR services for boarder disaster preparedness in Nepal.
While we were focused in the exercise, the massive floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall from 14-18 August 2014 caused hundred of thousands of people across 25 districts affected in the country. Among the affected districts, the four districts of Western Nepal - Banke, Bardiya, Dang and Surkhet were the most affected districts. More than 163,000 population were affected by the flood and about 31,500 houses were damaged (8,562 houses fully destroyed and 22,890 partially damaged).
The major gap was identified in shelter. Based on this gap, Ms. Graham immediately linked with Shelter Box to provide possible assistance. International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Nepal Red Cross Society was linked with Shelter Box for possible quick assistance. This linkage worked and Shelter Box agreed to provide support in Surkhet District. As of now, 58 shelter box installed in three VDCs of Surkhet district, however, remaining 166 under process of installation.
I fill honored working with her as she is always ready to assist people affected by disasters and quite supportive, encouraging and motivating. I would love to keep working with her and Humanity Road in coming day.