Hi there! The blog has been quiet for a while, but a LOT has been going on under the hood. In the next blog post we’ll detail the big, structural changes that we have been working on to grow and serve more communities. In the meantime however, we are really proud and honored to share that we are one of the organizations named for 2017 Impact Journalism Day. USA Today, representing American newspapers, chose us from among many stories to highlight for a collection of good works around the world.
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More soon from our team, stay tuned!
Improving community preparedness is tough. Trying to invent your own engagement strategy can seem overwhelming. But the Clark Regional Services Emergency Agency has teamed up with Firelily to create the 30 Days 30 Ways game to help raise community preparedness in any neighborhood. Here is the gist:
Who: For residents and communities
What: Complete preparedness tasks to earn points and prizes
Where: Online at the 30 Days 30 Ways website, Facebook, and Twitter
Why: Improve resident preparedness throughout your community
When: Starts Sept. 1
Time Commitment: 30 sec to 30 min per task
Based on your feedback and our mission to help as many communities around the world as possible, our community organizing platform is now free for every community, everywhere. Any organization can now create or join a Recovers site in just 10 minutes.
Recovers Community Map
Archiving old community updates is useful for getting old, unnecessary information out of the community updates section of a Recovers page. This helps keep the site fresh and uncluttered for visitors.
NOTE: Archiving community updates DOES NOT delete them, it just removes them from the front page. Archived community updates are still viewable through the “all updates” page.
Who has access: Organizers
What: Remove old updates or past events from the front page
Where: From the “Edit Post” page
How: Select “Archive” from the “Edit Post” page
How to do it
- Ensure you are signed in as an organizer.
- Click on the “Edit” button next to a community update to get to the Edit Update page. You can do this through the front page, or on the All Updates page.
- Click on the button the drop down box that says “Published” and select “Archived”.
- Click on the “Update” button.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recovers powers #BolesFire recovery
Last week, the city of Weed, CA was devastated by a fire that destroyed 110 homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 2,000 residents. To help organize the city’s recovery efforts, the site Weed.Recovers.org has been adopted by the local organizations and government, serving as the central, online hub where residents can offer and request help.
After every emergency (fire, hurricane, terrorist attack, etc.), there will be in-kind donations such as clothing, food, and supplies. Without an effective donation management system, making efficient use of these items becomes a logistical nightmare. And, unfortunately, a warehouse full of unused clothing and supplies is an all too common scene in disaster recovery.
In 1969, Hurricane Camille ravaged the coast of Mississippi. It was a Category 5 storm with winds over 190 mph. With the exception of Typhoon Haiyan last year, this hurricane had the highest sustained landfall winds ever recorded. After the water receded and the winds subsided, over 250 lives had been lost.
After working in several disaster recovery efforts, we noticed that each organization (church, NGO, or government agency), plays their own role in a recovery effort. Some churches focus specifically on cleaning up debris, some NGO’s focus solely on collecting donations, and some government agencies focus on public safety announcements. Connecting all of the organizations on the same system improves the resilience of the community and will help the town recovery faster in future emergencies.
Click or see below for an interactive map.
One of our goals here at Recovers is to help communities be more prepared for disasters by learning from our data and sharing that knowledge with the rest of the world. This past year, our software was used to help the recovery efforts in Moore, OK, after the EF-5 tornado ripped through the town on May 20, 2013.