Humanity Road monitors man-made and natural disasters around the globe. Here is what has been monitored and accomplished this week:
In the past week our volunteers were monitoring:
- After days of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Etau, the swollen Kinugawa River burst through a levee near the city of Joso in north-eastern Japan.
- Joso, with a population of just over 42,000 was overwhelmed with massive flooding and more than 31,000 residents are sheltering at schools, community centers and other safer areas. Helicopter rescue teams have plucked dozens of people from rooftops but say the calls for help outnumber the resources available.
- Up to 10 prefectures are affected including Ibaraki, Tochigi, Miyagi and Fukushima.
- Fukushima prefecture is home to the still-damaged nuclear plant hit in 2011’s earthquake and tsunami.
- Emergency warnings (rainfall, flooding, landslides) are in effect for nearly 5 million people in the affected zone just north of Tokyo. More than 100,000 people have been displaced and a further 800,000 have been advised to evacuate.
- HR has published a Situation Report and information is being forwarded and amplified by HR on all social media feeds. *The situation report includes contact numbers for embassies, damage reports, and links to relevant aid agencies.
Other Humanity Road activities in the past week:
- FEMA has announced the 2015 FEMA Individual And Community Preparedness Award Winners.
- 11 winners will be recognized in Washington, DC at an awards ceremony and were selected from the 130 applications spanning 40 states.
- In addition, 37 applicants are recognized on the website with honorable mention for their submissions. Including…..yes… Humanity Road! We are honored to be recognized for our activities in making communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient.
- Our honorable mention is in the category of Preparing The Whole Community.
- HR kicked off our 2015 Combined Federal Campaign by visiting the CDC in North Carolina and the NDIA in Charlottesville, VA. Federal employees can also use the universal giving site and make a pledge to CFC #28433 to help Humanity Road programs and services.
- HR is participating in National Preparedness Month (NPM). This is the first time HR has ever attempted to utilize all of our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+) to promote a common theme. NPM’s focus this week for FEMA was on “Wildfire” and the CDC’s was on “Neighborhood”.
- Several general preparedness messages and promotional posts were also used. Outreach via social media began on August 31 and continues through September 30.
- We will be supporting both FEMA and the CDC’s efforts by promoting different themes.
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