Citizen engagement and natural disasters

I can’t stop reading stories about New Yorkers and folks near the Jersey shore. I’m particularly interested in how people are forming small bands of brothers to help those who might be overlooked in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. And, as a member of the Town of Cary’s Technology Task Force, I’m wondering how we would respond as a community to something like this. All towns have a disaster recovery and relief plan. But how do we plan to use technology to help people in need–and possibly allow people to organize and help themselves?

I saw an interesting tool recently and wanted to know your opinion. is designed to help communities recover from natural disasters.

Lower down on the page (pictured above), you also have access to blog posts and a Twitter feed related to the town’s recovery efforts. I like how simple the site is. There are clear post-disaster recovery goals, calls to action, and paths to get there.

Thinking about our friends up north who will be recovering for months to come.

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