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.
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 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.
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
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.