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Disaster Info Team

Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Worldwide

 

The Disaster Info Model is a proven social media disaster recovery infrastructure pioneered

with Joplin Tornado Info. The model follows the whole community disaster recovery approach

which connects traditional emergency management participants with survivors, residents of the

surrounding area, and other interested persons in order to utilize ALL available resources to

provide timely accurate information in an interactive format. This model allows for citizen

ownership, awareness, and investment in the response and recovery process. It has also

proven to be an invaluable resource for information and situational awareness for emergency

managers and relief organizations. This tool also assists with “volunteer crush” control;

allowing communication with spontaneous volunteers BEFORE they reach areas not yet ready

to accept help from or provide infrastructure to these individuals.

 

What We do

 

Better information,

faster.

 

Getting help to where it’s needed (not where it  isn’t)

 

Consolidating efforts

 

Realtime Data Collection

 

Raising Awareness

 

Local Focus

 

What makes the Disaster Info Model Unique?

 

The disaster Info Model stands apart from Municipal or Dedicated Emergency Management

pages. Disaster Info Model is self-correcting and sustained by both official and crowdsourced

information that is then verified through official channels. In addition to being community

centric and reactive, Disaster Info Model is scaleable and as many administrators can be

trained and added as is necessary. As in Joplin these “Disaster Info” pages have admins from

non-profits, relief organizations, faith-based communities, utilities, law enforcement and first

responders, along with municipal, through federal levels of government response.

Most emergency management offices are heavily tasked with rescue and recovery immediately

after a disaster and are not equipped to deal with the overwhelming volume of information

flowing in both directions. Information being an immediate need for all involved many users are

online searching for the disaster type and the location. Private citizens are not often searching

for county or state emergency management pages. For example, people do not search for

“Jasper County Emergency Management” they search for Joplin Tornado, adding (info)rmation

is helpful for both the user and the search engine. This is especially true when you get into

industry specific names like “Jasper County VOST”, the vast majority of survivors and other

interested persons would not understand that the focus of that group was web-based disaster

recovery. Utilizing the search engine optimized Disaster Info Model enhances a community’s

best recovery effort and control over volunteer influx.

 
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