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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

1

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved personally with this organization in an effort to help stranded persons during a flood in the Dominican Republic. The effort paid off and people who were at high risk of being overrun by high waters were transported to a safer location. Great organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Humanity Road as a volunteer since 2011. I have worked with the team in responding to several disasters and the dedication of the other volunteers constantly amazes me. As someone who creates social media analysis tools, I find their approach to disaster response very innovative. Volunteering at Humanity Road has been a wonderful learning experience for me and I will continue to help in whatever way I can.

3 dcmitchell

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the board of directors of Humanity Road, Inc., since its founding in 2010. Since that time, I have seen our spontaneous team of volunteers take the germ of an idea and grow it into a disciplined and efficient organization that is a recognized leader in the field of using social media tools to improve the information available to first responders and to assist individuals impacted by sudden onset disasters. I am extremely proud of the dedication, professionalism and hard work of my colleagues and our global team of volunteers. In the almost four years since the organization was founded, Chris Thompson and Cat Graham have consistently amazed me with their talents and passion for helping others. In a world of 24-hour news and near ubiquitous access to the Internet, our awareness of and ability to help those caught up in a crisis (be it natural or man-made) has never been more possible. My Humanity Road colleagues and friends have developed a well thought out and replicable model for volunteers around the world to reach out and help their fellow man and for victims of disasters to quickly find the information they need to help themselves. I would encourage anyone who is interested to make a monetary donation or to donate your time/talents - you will be amazed at the lives that you touch!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Humanity Road is a trusted resource to many disaster response organizations. They provide relevant and verifiable information about developing events which can be relied upon for situational awareness or tactical deployment decisions. Our organization has worked with HR on several occasions since Hurricane Sandy, and would recommend them to any Emergency Management organization without hesitation.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Humanity Road provided surge support to our volunteer-driven relief coordination for North India (Uttarakhand) floods and helped in the information collation on the Web, specifically with a 3W (Who-What-Where) report. The kind of active participation by HR volunteers in not just the specific tasks but overall in the coordination of this large volunteer group is absolutely commendable. I was also coordinator of this group and found the noteworthy skills shown from HR mates which are critical for both the overall goal of the work as well as collaboration. It includes drilling down on specificity, time-bound functions and reporting of each day for accountability. Really enjoyed working with you all, Cat et al.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

In our third year of operation, I wanted to say that as a board member and CEO for Humanity Road, I am deeply humbled by and proud of the work done by our volunteers. From fulfilling individual urgent requests by people impacted by disaster to collecting evidence of damage caused by earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes, they are always ready to help the public when it needs most. We are driven by need and led by experience but we are powered by volunteers. Thank you team!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am theSubject Matter Expert for Communications and Information Sharing as it relates to Humanitarian Civil Assistance and Disaster Relief within the Office of the Chief Information Officer for the Dept of Defense. One area that we are looking at is how can we better manage Social Media, globally, to assist our Commanders that are responding to an HADR event as well as the responder community in general. We have been working with HumanityRoad (HR) now for over three years as they been a key part of our experimentation on Social Media and its inclusion in our exercise process. I truely think that without HR's help we would have been lost in trying to figure out a way ahead.

2 Adam33

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an Emergency Manager and Board Member to Humanity Road, I am constantly impressed with HR's ability to leverage limited resources from around the globe to provided, real, genuine, and targeted assistance to people in areas impacted by emergencies and disasters. Humanity Road truly does a great job filling gaps for people falling between formal response and traditional volunteer groups. I'm proud to be associated with their efforts.

4 Debra V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I do not know what I would have done without the help I received from Humanity Road. I lost everything due to Superstorm Sandy. I tried getting help and got no where until Cat Graham from Humanity Road got involved. I was living in a house that had mold, no walls, no flooring, no kitchen, in fact my kitchen sink was on saw horses so that I could use it. I am only a year recovering from nose and throat cancer and I am still after two years receiving back procedures and surgeries. Cat Was amazing getting in touch with organizations and Fema telling my story and having them listen and help me. I am now in a rental with clean sofa's and beds for my daughter, my husband and myself. Due to Cat and her organization Humanity Road, Red Cross (the only organization which has helped me), I am sitting and sleeping on bacteria free furniture, able to have home cooked meals and I am breathing better without the dust that was constantly coming out of the walls. I would and have already recommended them to people that are dealing with all the problem which I have encountered. I do not know what I would have done without them. Thank you Cat and Humanity Road for allowing me to feel I mattered.
Debra Versheck

4 Paras S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Humanity Road since from past one year. I've experienced the importance, role and scope of the internet technology and social media during emergency with Humanity Road. It save people and animals lives through first aid advice and other life-saving information on social media. I'm learning with Humanity Road team and enjoying too.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Team Leader of the Animals in Disaster cluster, and have been volunteering with Humanity Road since May, 2011. I was attracted to HR for the opportunity to use social media and other resources to disseminate information that helps people and animals around the world survive in times of disaster. I respect and admire HR's founders, Christine Thompson and Catherine Graham, for their gifted ability to inspire our volunteers to creatively and competently apply innovative and creative solutions to promote safety and well being in communities. I am honored to collaborate with HR’s team of knowledgeable, compassionate people.

1 lagunero

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Imagine for a moment that you've been involved in a disaster in your community, and you've tried to inform the local emergency responders about your need for rescue, food, shelter, or even medical and civil aid. Yet you cannot get through to them. Local phone and powerlines are down, so is the internet, but you're able to send out a text message on your phone. You've tried to text 911, but couldn't get through. You think that there is nothing that you can do. Then you remember seeing a news article about a non-profit group, with volunteers from around the world who during the aftermath of Haiti provided the link to inform others of your need for rescue and relief. Losing the ability to contact your local emergency responders is very real, as is the ability to contact other dedicated experts who will answer your call. Humanity Road is such an organization. They've been leaders in connecting those in need, and in educating others that it's possible. Our US Military as well as several International governments have recognized their dedication and contribution to provide subject matter expertise on utilizing social media and crowd source mapping to support the rescue and relief efforts. I'd like to recognize them too.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I found out about Humanity Road through my college and became a volunteer. I liked the fact that I could help others via Twitter, Skype, Facebook, etc. and that additional training was offered within the organization to help with growth when needed. I have used Twitter in weather emergencies within my state and surrounding states during tornado season. Humanity Road is a wonderful organization that helps so many around the world and will continue to help those in need.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Humanity Road has proven to be an important tool, using social media for communicating when disaster strikes. Their team of dedicated volunteers are committed to helping, not only here in the states, but worldwide. Humanity Road continues to connect disaster survivors with the assistance needed to recover.

2 Laura57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I connected with Humanity Road via Twitter (@HumanityRoad) while researching earthquake relief organizations operating in Haiti. At the time, I was looking to provide assistance in the form of urgently needed goods or services where 100% of my donation would be applied for immediate use to benefit those in crisis. There were so many organizations to chose from, with each claiming their need for donations, but I didn't know who to trust with all certainty that my donation would directly (not indirectly) benefit those in need. Tracking their activity and learning more about the organization's goals, progress, and operational integrity, I reached out to Humanity Road with my concern and wishes. Highly knowledgeable, trained, and compassionate volunteers swiftly provided me with contact info, specifications, and guidance that facilitated my donation to the intended recipients in an incredibly expedient and efficient manner. With great satisfaction and gratitude, I knew I made the right choice to collaborate with Humanity Road.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer for Humanity Road after finding out about the organization through the college I attending. As an Emergency Management student, this group is teaching me more about how techonology is helping people connect with those in need anywhere in the world than the text books are teaching right now. I throughly enjoy working with this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with Humanity Road shortly after the Haiti earthquake. After seeing the devastation, and remembering how helpless I felt during 9/11, I was determined to find a way to help the victims and Humanity Road was that vehicle. The founders and volunteers have such big hearts and serve as such great mentors. I was new to disaster relief and felt I learned so much from my volunteer experience. What was also exciting was the feeling of being on the cutting edge of technology. Never before had I seen social media being used in such creative ways to save lives. I know that Humanity Road has grown a tremendous amount since the days/weeks/months of the Haiti earthquake and they continue to make an impact where it is needed most. I am grateful for the opportunity of having been able to work with this organization and I look forward to becoming a more active volunteer soon.

Ray B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Humanity Road has been an active collaborator in the development of community knowledge relating to the integration of technological capabilities into HA/DR activities by and with the federal government. The HR team is both professional and knowledgeable - a pleasue to work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As disaster manager and public worker for German Red Cross I had been looking for the ideal way to use Social Media for disaster communication when one of the team members invited me to Humanity Road. Very quickly I found out how efficient the use of Social Media can be in and during a disaster by being able to help organise a power generator for a clinic and an emergency helicopter transport, both in Haiti after the earthquake - all from my laptop in my living room in Germany! The leaders and co-volunteers are all sharing the deep passion to gather and spread useful information before, during and after a disaster. I am also very amazed by the trust that is set in each volunteer! A real chance for personal development. Through my engagement with Humanity Road I learned to know many precious and interesting people and organisations around the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked with members of Humanity Road during disaster simulation and experiments event out in Colorado a few months ago and found everyoen involved in this organization to be very well qualified, and in general great people to work with. They are knowledgeable very willing to learn, and eager to help in any situation. I was very impressed with their performance and hope to work with them more in the future.