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Humanity Road’s Weekly Activity Update

Even with typhoon/ hurricane season winding down, Humanity Road volunteers continue to monitor strong storms (and other potential disasters) around the world. By providing up-to-date information through social media, Humanity Road contributes daily to readiness and response, from the Philippines to California. Read more about the work these volunteers are doing in this week’s update:

The past week our volunteers were monitoring:

  • Typhoon Hagupit/ Ruby
    • From December 4th thru December 10th, 18 volunteers contributed over 400 hours of their time. As Hagupit/ Ruby drew closer and then eventually hit the Philippines, volunteers were tasked with collecting information about responding aid agencies, generating the 3W report, updating situation reports, tweeting key instructions, monitoring and relaying urgent needs.
    • Digital Humanitarian Network announced the activation for UNOCHA was complete on December 10th, and stood down their deployment. Humanity Road provided their 3W report, as well as a special regional report. These were picked up by UNOCHA through Reliefweb and by the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) through APAN.
    • The multinational portal APAN was activated for the event, and Humanity Road tapped a two-man team from GISCorps to help collect a special mapping report (expected within the next 10 days).
    • RubyPH Situation Report
    • The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical storm, however damage was still widespread. Recovery is ongoing but the local response appears to be covering the event well #ReliefPH.
    • #Hagupit/ #RubyPH
  • Collapsed Building
    • A collapsed building at Cantonments, Accra, Ghana leaving twelve people critically injured and one person trapped under the rubble.
  • Ebola Epidemic in West Africa
    • Sierra Leone has overtaken neighboring Liberia with the highest number of Ebola cases, the latest World Health Organization figures suggest.
    • The latest estimate of the cumulative number of cases since the start of the outbreak in March now stands at 7,780 in Sierra Leone, 7,719 in Liberia, and 2,283 in Guinea.
    • The virus has killed more than 6,300 people in the three West African countries
  • West Coast Storms
    • Severe storms have been hitting California, Oregon and Washington state, as moisture from the tropical stream called the “Pineapple Express.”
    • Flooding is a particular threat in California where a drought has plagued the state most of 2014.

Other Humanity Road activities in the past week:

  • Check out the “Unselfie Pet Award Winners”! Congratulations and thank you, to Annie the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, and all the other contestants.
  • Intern applicants for spring semester are currently being interviewed. For more info on the intern applications, deadlines, etc., please contact Robin – robin@humanityroad.org.

Curious about Humanity Road? Would you like to join us? Start by visiting Humanity Road’s volunteer page.

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