Relief efforts during the recent disaster were carried out mostly by on the ground volunteers but getting accurate information was difficult.

 

The case for a city-specific toolkit to connect and organize relief efforts

When I think about preparing for the next big one, I hope for more than seawalls and wetlands — I imagine a digital relief communication network, powered by mobile citizens. One of Storm Sandy’s lessons is that the most effective way to help those in need is to do it yourself. Far too many of my fellow New Yorkers who are displaced — living without food, heat, clean water, and electricity — aren’t getting the help that they need. In response, hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals have opened up their homes as temporary donation sites, driven their cars filled with cleaning supplies, home-cooked meals, and warm clothes to Rockaway, Red Hook, and Canarsie, and volunteered their time in stricken areas.

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