In advance of landfall of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Humanity Road activated its disaster desk on March 28 at 7:20 am local time in Queensland Australia. Volunteers using social media guided the public on official agencies to follow to gain updated information about the situation. On Thursday, March 30 at 8:00 am local time, Humanity Road published its first situation report containing social media links and helpful information for the public impacted.
“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” – Emergency Manager Read Review on Great Nonprofits