Emergency Management is being transformed by accessible technologies.
Social media, free productivity tools and open source software are giving everyone from survivors to relief workers to policy makers new capabilities to communicate, coordinate and act.
Our work makes it as easy as possible for folks to access these new tools and use them in a way that fits into a broader information management strategy reliant on open information flows and open data standards. This work supports a wide variety of stakeholders, including grassroots disaster relief networks, community-based organizations, online volunteer technical communities and international humanitarian aid organizations.
Devin Balkind, Executive Director of Sarapis, is also the President of the SSF, where he is implementing strategies to further empower the Sahana community to continue their work building fantastic FLO emergency management solutions.
We built ResilienceColab to be an online hub for people interested in free, open-source, collaborative, peer-to-peer approaches to community resilience. Through this site, we demonstrate the power of WordPress systems to the humanitarian community while also offering curated news feeds and topic portals, training materials and more.
We initiated NYC:Prepared in response to the long term recovery and preparedness needs of New York City after Superstorm Sandy. All of the software NYC:Prepared uses is free(of cost)/libre/open-source, and we do our best to document our techniques. We focus on making it available to the relief networks likely to emerge during a disaster event.
We help Open Referral achieve it's goal of popularizing open data standards that enable people to manage and share information about health and human nonprofit services. We're active in its community, help maintain the website and build open data resources.