Humanity Road’s digital disaster volunteers monitor on-going and potential disaster situations to assess for urgent unmet needs and to help propagate accurate and timely information.
This week our volunteers were monitoring:
- Magnitude 6.5 earthquake offshore of Japan
- Magnitude 4.1 earthquake in Arizona near the border with New Mexico
- This area has experienced a number of small to moderate earthquakes over the past three weeks, the first and largest a M5.2 on June 29, 2014
- Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) impacting the Philippines, Viet Nam and China
- The typhoon displaced more than 525,000 people in the Philippines. Thousands have been evacuated including people in Tacloban who have been homeless since Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Situation Reports are available from the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
- Volunteers amplified emergency hotline numbers and other official messages, monitored for urgent needs, and brought attention to those messages using official hashtags
- China and Viet Nam are beginning to be impacted by the typhoon as of this writing.
- Waterman Complex wildfire in central Oregon
Humanity Road volunteers have also been working on the following in the past week:
- Reviewing applications for our volunteer summer interns
- Humanity Road’s Animals in Disaster (AiD) team responded to an urgent need for additional staffing volunteers at a Georgia, USA, animal rescue/shelter organization
- The AiD team monitored wildfires in the Pacific Northwest in search of animal urgent needs
- Spanish-language preparedness and response
- Humanity Road’s Disabilities, Accessibility and Functional Needs (DAFN) team monitored social media and amplified alerts and warnings, particularly for wildfire evacuations
- The DAFN team tweets preparedness tips. Search #DAFN in Twitter or follow @HumanityRoad
- Lots of behind-the-scenes work to keep things running smoothly and efficiently!
Do you know that Humanity Road is a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador? The initiative was developed to “formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events.” Humanity Road participates in a number of organizations and associations.
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