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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Here at Recovers, we implement our disaster recovery platform in areas all around the world. These areas can always use a little extra help, and they may be close to where you live.  By following us on Twitter or liking our Facebook page, you will be able to keep up with:

  • Where we are launching
  • How you can help

And as you think about giving this holiday season, the Philippines can still use your help. Consider donating directly to the Philippines Red Cross.

Thanks for all of your support so far!

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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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

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

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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Oklahoma Tornado Recovery – Moore.Recovers.org


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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