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.
When I joined Humanity Road over a year ago as a volunteer, I noticed through out the internet there was a lack of Disaster Preparedness information for the Vulnerable Population. And since I am disabled and have a Service Dog, I was interested in what I should be doing to be ready for disasters. So I went to Cat Graham and mentioned what I had seen was missing and thought needed to be included and offered to the Vulnerable Populations around the world. So first we ran a poll to find out what Hash tag we would use in Social Media. And it was decided to use #DAFN (Disability, Accessibility, Function Needs), and now we are working on Information Alerts to send out related to the different types of Disasters. Our first disaster information alerts are covering what to do Before, During and After a Hurricane to go along with National Hurricane week. We also wrote a blog with suggestions for owners of Service Dogs of what to include in a Go-Bag and a Disaster Kit. I am so thankful to Humanity Roads for seeing the need for this type of information, and look forward to more disaster tips and ideas for persons with functional needs.
Staff from Humanity Road have been incredible at helping out with preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit, which is an initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, being managed by UN OCHA. Their staff have helped with outreach and with our online forums to gather input about how to improve global humanitarian action. They are very professional and extremely talented.
On March 5, 2014, at 2:30 PM CST. the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Norman, OK, weather forecast office requested the assistance of the Oklahoma Virtual Operations Support Team in monitoring the audience reach for its 2014 Twitter Tornado Drill. I am team leader for OKVOST, and reached out on Skype to Cat Graham with HR. She in turn contacted the Arizona State University Data Mining and Machine Learning Lab to assist in data collection and analysis. By 5:30 PM, the time of the drill, the ASU DMML, HR and OKVOST were in place to assist NWS Norman. Without the quick and timely assistance from HR, we wouldn't have been able to provide NWS Norman with near real-time results as to reach and geographic location of its Twitter Tornado Drill. -- John Butler, Team Leader, Oklahoma Virtual Operations Support Team / volunteer, City of Altus (OK) Emergency Management Agency.
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.
CERT GHANA is Community Emergency Response Team,Ghana.A nonprofit and nongovernmental organization that trains community volunteers in Ghana in disaster preparedness and response.In light of this work the is always in constant contact with Humanity Road.This Humanity Road organization is a place to be.People working here are those with BIG HEARTS. They see the world but only the community they live in.They utilized every minute and every second of their times in saving lifes over the globe.They seek for support for those in need in terms of connections of disaster and crisis.HUMANITY ROAD has always been an advicer to CERT GHANA Beyond this, they donated a laptop,microphone wireless adapter drive and a CERT Pin to CERT GHANA.This they believe would go in a long way to help CERT GHANA's training supervisors to train more volunteers in disaster preparedness and response.Only God the almighty and supreme can them with perpatual blessings for the good works they are doing for the World as a community.To us as Ghanaians we say Ayikooooooo! Netumapam?Naawuni niyosamli!