During many recovery efforts, there are several community admins helping meet the NEEDS in the database at the same time. This can cause an issue if several admins are trying to reach out and contact the same NEED at the same time, a redundant and wasteful effort. This is why we have developed our new feature of locking needs.
“If you are available to do so, can you come into the joint info center for a bit to help me with few SM (social media) issues.”
Those words called me in for a five-day stint as the official Twitter voice for the Waldo Canyon Fire recovery effort, the most destructive fire in Colorado history, in late June 2012.
I work for a civic technology startup in San Francisco, but I’m a small-town native who works daily with small to mid-sized communities. As such, when I read or hear about the latest “answer” to civic problems, created by a team of geniuses and piloted in one of the largest cities in the country, I’m a little wary.
While shining examples of city use of technology like San Francisco and New York City are well worth profiling and learning from, if their solutions don’t fit a town of 9,000 the problem has not yet been truly solved. Small communities need solutions too.
Presenting: Things I have overheard in Big Cities
This past week, we released another new feature for the community organizers using our Recovers.org online toolkit: Community Featured Image.
Where is it?
You can think of this image as the “profile picture” of your community. It appears in two places:
- On the upper left corner of your community’s homepage at [yourtown].recovers.org
- On the Recovers Communities page at recovers.org/communities
How Can I Change It?
1. Clear dry and/or flammable materials away from your house.
Do a quick walk around your house, and keep an eye out for brush, dry leaves, or dead branches and make sure to move them away from your house. If you’re feeling friendly, do it for your neighbor’s house, too! Continue reading