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.
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.