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 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!
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!
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.
Working with Humanity Road has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have worked with Red Cross for many years in ground support during disaster or emergencies but working on developing a way to convey key recovery information through social media has been enormously, challenging as well as rewarding. Working within the humanitarian code of conduct the volunteers never cease to amaze me with their dedication, professionalism, expertise and willingness to donate many many hours of their time.
I have been deeply moved and humbled by the outpouring of volunteers who in 2010 have responded to disasters around the world. As the founder and chair for Humanity Road, it has been my privilege to work with many talented and dedicated volunteers and humanitarian aid agencies connect those impacted by disaster with desperately needed aid. Humanity Road is a pioneer in digital disaster response and is setting benchmarks for the use of social media in disaster response.