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.
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.
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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.