Oklahoma Tornado Donations Map

Moore Donations Map

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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.

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Learning from Disaster Data

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Hurricane Sandy donation item distribution

Recovers has been used in several disasters over the past year including Hurricane Sandy , the Oklahoma tornadoes, the Alberta Floods, and the Idaho Wildfires. Part of our mission is to change the way disasters happen by learning from our experiences. A key part in this process is the collection and analysis of non-personally identifiable information, or as we will refer to it, “non-PII” data.

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The Care and Feeding of Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms. Sure, they’re not as exciting as your big screen television. But they are way more likely to save your life. Over 3,400 people die and over 17,500 are injured each year in fires, many of which occur in homes. Most fatal fires occur at night. You should have a smoke alarm – not because it is cool and/or sexy, but because it will keep you alive.

Get one. Pretend its a pet. Name it. Keep it alive and it may save your life someday.


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How to Make a Disaster Worse

volunteerIn recent disasters, I have seen an inspiring amount of goodwill and kindness pour into affected areas from all around the country. These volunteers and donations are essential for rebuilding a community. However, the huge rush of people and items can often overwhelm local organizers and slow the recovery effort. Naturally, organizers are very hesitant to turn you away during a recovery effort. So let’s keep from overwhelming them – try to follow these four rules and help the recovery effort run a little smoother.

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6 Disaster Tips for Pet Owners

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They may bit a little furry, but they’re part of your family. Do you know what to do to keep your pet safe? Here are a few tips:

  1. Identification: Keep a collar and up-to-date ID tags on your pet at all times, or get your buddy microchipped. Also keep a few current photos of your pet on your phone or online. Most of the pets with identification can be returned to their owners right away after a storm. Those without can spend weeks in shelters or be given to a foster family permanently.  Continue reading

Disaster Insurance Tips


Take a few minutes this weekend and check out your policy, and save the number you should call to report a loss in your phone. Share this list with your friends, family and neighbors! 

  1. Review your policy. Dig it out of the filing cabinet and check what types of losses are covered, how much coverage you have, and the amount of your deductibles. Be aware, your insurance policy may not cover flood damage, or wind-driven water damage. Learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program at http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/Continue reading

US Hurricanes, a Primer

file0001534313837Hurricanes are giant, ocean-based, spinning storms that can carry wind speeds of 150 mph or more. You can’t recognize a hurricane from the ground. They are so big — often hundreds of miles across — that we can only recognize their distinct swirling shape and eye with radar and satellite imagery. However, if they come onto land, there’s no mistaking how powerful and dangerous they can be. The United States is under threat from hurricanes every year, and scientists continue to improve forecasting models to help keep us safe.
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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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What not to do during a Red Flag Warning.

“Red Flag Warnings” are issued when there is a high risk of wildfire in the region. Here are some simple preventive steps you can take.

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