New Feature: Archive Old Community Updates

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

  1. Ensure you are signed in as an organizer. Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 2.11.46 PM
  2. 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. Archive Update - Click Edit
  3. Click on the button the drop down box that says “Published” and select “Archived”. Archive Update - Click Published
  4. Click on the “Update” button. Archive Update - Click Update

If you have any questions, feel free to get in contact with us at support@recovers.org.

In-Kind Donation Management, Simplified

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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.

 

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New Features: Organization Profiles and Resources Map

Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 6.09.27 PMAfter 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.

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A Year After Hurricane Sandy, Community-Powered Recovery Gains Traction

(Originally published on Huffington Post)

What was your first experience with “disaster?” Did you watch the aerial footage of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? Are you a New Yorker who lost power or a car during Hurricane Sandy? Lose power during an ice storm? Everybody’s story is personal — my first taste of disaster was a tornado wrecking my home in 2011. You dust yourself off and move on.

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Recovers recognized by the White House as “Champions of Change”

On Tuesday, July 23, Recovers was honored as one of 7 “Champions of Change” at the White House in Washington, DC. Caitria O’Neill, Co-founder and CEO of Recovers accepted the award. You can see video of the acceptance and a blog post that will run on the White House website below. 

 

 

Recovers – White House Champions of Change

I’m the CEO of Recovers, a disaster preparedness and recovery technology company based in San Francisco. We help communities, local government, and insurance agencies mitigate risk and recover from disasters. Continue reading

Oklahoma Tornado Recovery – Moore.Recovers.org

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The outpouring of goodwill to Oklahoma in the wake of the May tornadoes has been incredible.

When the tornadoes struck Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013, we launched and donated the site Moore.Recovers.org to the local community to help them organize their recovery effort.  Since its launch, the site has has been used by about 15 different local Oklahoma organizations, including Americorps, several local churches, and the Moore City Hall. It has proven invaluable to have all of these organizations and the local residents working together within the same system to meet the needs of the community.

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#WaldoCanyonFire – 5 Lessons for Social Media in a Crisis Situation

Waldo Canyon Fire Photo 6-23-2012

Waldo Canyon Fire photo by @kittlent 

“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.

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Thinking Small

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

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New Feature: Community Featured Image

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:

  1. On the upper left corner of your community’s homepage at [yourtown].recovers.org
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  2. On the Recovers Communities page at recovers.org/communities
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How Can I Change It?

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