Hurricane Sandy 2012

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#A. CrisisCommons asks or initiated projects

#B. General Extended Virtual Community Activities and Projects or asks

CrisisCamp - Sandy - City Detail

*NOTE: DO NOT CHANGE THE CITY NAMES - THEY ARE LINKED ABOVE (Unless, of course, you change the relative links too - smile)

CrisisCamp @Seattle

Event Info:
Date/Info:'Saturday, Nov 3, 2012, Jigsaw Renaissance, 815 Airport Way S Seattle Register/Info
Organizer(s): Willow Brugh: @Willow , willow (at) gwob (dot) org
Virtual Communities Engaged: GWOB, CrisisCommons, Sahana
Attendees: 13

Collab Info:YouTube-Kickoff, | YouTube-WorkingOn-Checkin,

Project Info:

  • Key Projects Working On: (status being updated)
  • Other tasks/contributions: Assisted with global coordination of CrisisCamps projects, Investigating disaster donation accountability, researching twitter tags and msgs for the disaster, helped to collect info on gasmap problems (#A.1 Gas Map)

Other stuff:


CrisisCamp @DC

Event Info:
Date/Info: Sat/Sun Nov 3-4: Microsoft (Chevy Chase), 5404 Wisconsin Avenue 7th Floor, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 DC Register/Info, (note: combined with Rockville, MD camp)
Organizer(s): Ben Smilowitz (skype: glitching , ben (@) disasteraccountability (dot) org), and Nelson Jacobsen: (elson (@) helpearth (dot) org)
Virtual Communities Engaged: GDisaster Accountability Project, CrisisCommons, GWOB, HackDC, HelpEarth
Attendees: 11
Camp Info Page: http://crisiscampdc.us/

Collab Info: Ustream, Twitter: #CCDC

Project Info:

  • Key Projects Working On: (status being updated)
    • 1. Smart Response Initiative - Smart Response Initiative starting with Sandy to have an independent website/clearinghouse of data on the activities and on-ground capacity of disaster relief and humanitarian aid organizations which will enable the public to make informed decision about where their donations.
  • Other tasks/contributions:

Other stuff: DC Camp-wrapup Blog Photos: http://www.crisiscampdc.blogspot.com (CreativeCommons @Ben), FoxTV 11/4: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/20000103/coders-and-hackers-gathered-in-chevy-chase-for-the-hackathon


CrisisCamp @Boston

Event Info:
Date/Info:'Saturday, Nov 3, 2012, MIT Media Lab. Room: E14-525. 20 Ames St Cambridge MA 02142 Boston Register/Info
Organizer(s): Pablo Rey: (pablo (@) basurama (dot) org) + Denise Cheng
Virtual Communities Engaged: Hurricane Hackers: @HurricaneHackrs (hurricanehackers.com)
Attendees: tbd
Camp planning detail: Planning GoogleDoc

Collab Info: Etherpad collab, Ustream camp stream/video, irc chat

Project Info:
Detail Hurricane Hackers Project List: Projects GoogleDoc
Key Projects Working On: (status being updated)

*Other Tasks/Contributions: Coordinated IRC chat with global developers

Other stuff:Nov 3 Blog: http://www.blog.hurricanehackers.com/


CrisisCamp @Ireland

Event Info:
Date/Info: Saturday, Nov 3, 2012: 091Labs, Flood Street, Galway Ireland Register/Info
Organizer(s): Evert Bopp: (me (@) evertbopp (dot) com
Virtual Communities Engaged: CrisisCommons, DisasterTechLab, Crowdmap
Attendees: 7

Collab Info: irc[[1]] Skype VTC Coordination Room, Trello

Project Info:

Other stuff:


CrisisCamp @AucklandNZ

Event Info:
Date/Info: Sat, Nov 3, 2012: 220 Queen Street, Central Auckland Auckland Register/Info
Organizer(s): Tim McNamara (mcnamara (dot) tim (at) gmail (dot) com (skype: sayhitotim), Daniel Ayers: (skype: danielayers_nz)
Virtual Communities Engaged: CrisisCommons
Attendees: tbd

Collab Info: Facebook Page, Ustream channel

Project Info:

  • Key Projects Working On: (status being updated)
  • Other Tasks/Contributions:There did not appear to be anything else that was qualified we could start on. It was agreed we can reconvene if there is confirmed work to do.

Other stuff:TVNV Interview (link pending)


CrisisCamp @SF

Event Info:
Date/Info:'Saturday, Nov 3, 2012,1 Hallidie Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102 SFO Register/Info
Organizer(s): Diggz, diggz (@) gwob (dot) org
Virtual Communities Engaged: GWOB, CrisisCommons, Sahana
Attendees: 7

Collab Info: tbd

Project Info:

  • Key Projects Working On: (status being updated)
    • 1. NYC Hospital status #A.4 NY Hospital Status - Sahana project to collect damage info on hospitals, working with CC-SEA and CC-PDX
  • Other tasks/contributions:

Other stuff:


CrisisCamp @London

Event Info:
Date/Info:'Saturday, Nov 3, 2012: 5 Bonhill St, EC2A London, United Kingdom London Register/Info
Organizer(s): Samuel Carlisle (skype: #cryptoparty)
Virtual Communities Engaged: Hurricane Hackers
Attendees: tbd

Collab Info: London G-Hangout, HH main irc chat

Project Info:

  • Key Projects Working On: (status being updated)
  • Other Tasks/Contributions: Coordinated IRC chat with global developers, other tbd

Other stuff:


CrisisCamp @Portland

Event Info:
Date/Info:'Sun, Nov 4, 2012: Geoloqi HQ, 920 SW 3rd Ave #400 Portland Register/Info
Organizer(s): Nathan DiNiro (unclenate (@) gmail (dot) com, skype/irc: unclenate)
Virtual Communities Engaged: Held in conjunction with CyborgCamp, @crisiscampPDX, Wearable computing hackathon, Nathan
Attendees: 14

Collab Info: | Sunday Streaming,

Project Info:

  • Key Projects Working On: (status being updated)
    • 1. NYC Hospital status #A.4 NY Hospital Status - Sahana project to collect damage info on hospitals, working with CC-SEA and CC-SFO
    • 2. SandyAidFeed: Mapping #SandyAid feed, also SMS subscriptions #SandyAid summary #B.9 SandyAid Bot
  • Other Tasks/Contributions:

Other stuff:


CrisisCamp @SWFL

Date/Info:'Sat, Nov 10, 2012: 9128 Strada Pl Naples FL 34108 SouthWest Florida Register/Info
Organizer(s): Michele (micheleloritochase (at) gmail (dot) com, skype: tbd)
Virtual Communities Engaged: BarCampSWFL, JuniorCamp K-12
Attendees: tbd

Collab Info: tbd,

Project Info:

  • Key Projects Working On: (status being updated)
    • 1. tbd
    • 2. tbd
  • Other Tasks/Contributions:

Other stuff:


CrisisCamp @Montreal

Event Info:
Date/Info: Sat, Nov 3, 2012: Notman House, Montreal, CA Montreal Register/Info
Organizer(s): Evan Prodromou, Heri Rakotomalala
Virtual Communities Engaged: CrisisCommons
Attendees: tbd

Collab Info: irc chat

Project Info:

Other stuff:


CrisisCamp @NYC


CrisisCamp @VirtualWorld

Capturing the info for the remote volunteer contributions working virtually, not at a camp

Working Remote? Register yourself, connect with others, let others connect:
Chad Catacchio - Beijing - skype: #chadcat - CrisisCommons
David Black - Toronto - skype: #david.black.toronto - CrisisCommons - (#A.4 NY Hospital Status)
Deborah Shaddon - Chicago - skype: #deborahshaddon - CrisisCommons - (#A.1 Gas Map)
Andrew Turner - DC - skype: #andrew_j_turner - CrisisCommons - (#A.1 Gas Map)
Pascal Schuback - Seattle - skype: #pascal.schuback - CrisisCommons
Willow Brugh - Seattle - skype: #willowbl00 - GWOB - (#A.1 Gas Map)
Patrice Coutier - Toronto - skype: #tbd - CrisisCommons
Sean Kolk - Haiti - skype: #sean.kolk -
Sara Farmer - NYC - skype: sj.farmer -

Collab Info: You can join the CrisisCommons (skype) channel (ask #chadcat), or IRC with HurricaneHackers irc chat, or connect with any of the physical camps above.

Stuff/Projects people are working on:

  • other
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Projects/Tasks/Stuff to Do - Detail

So these are the ongoing lists of things to do. We have 3 categories: A) Official requests that came to CrisisCommons from agencies/sources B) Other Sandy activities of the extended virtual digital volunteer communities C) Ongoing technical digital response work which may have started before Sandy, but is applicable. Please feel free to add or contact deborah (@) crisiscommons.org

*NOTE: DO NOT CHANGE THE PROJECT NAMES/NUMBERS - THEY ARE LINKED ABOVE (Unless, of course, you change the relative links too - smile)

A. CrisisCommons asks or initiated projects

A.1 Gas Map

  • Need: The White House/FEMA has asked CrisisCommons, as well as other groups, to help define and direct an effort to help map the gas station availability. This effort will focus on collecting and gathering information on various gas maps, gathering information to seed maps, looking for open standards to connect/share info on maps, doing some maps, collaborating with other groups to create a complete gas map story, and focusing on the reporting/validation of map information from the public (usability), and looking how the virtual community can contribute to these initiatives.
  • Request by: White House, Nov 2nd
  • Groups: CrisisCommons, FEMA, ERSI, Google

For most current status and detail, see here: https://hackpad.com/ATx1TCEAHpS#hurricanesandy-gasmap-projects



A.2 NYU/NYC Hotel Availability

    • Need: being qualified (by who?)
  • Request by: NYU OEM
  • Current CrisisCommons contact: pascal (@) crisiscommons.org // stempeck @ gmail.com // petey @ mit.edu, CC-BOSTON/HH
  • Status: We're creating an online portal for contributions to a general fund for hotel room vouchers, and also looking into whether hotel chains will allow us to aggregate point donations in exchange for free rooms. See http://goo.gl/nqgs8 for more information and current status.

A.3 Rhode Island Damage Assessment

    • Request by: Regional FEMA RI
    • Current CrisisCommons contact: pascal (@) crisiscommons.org
    • Contacts: willow - CCSEA
    • Status: Partially started, decided to take this against an existing CC-SEA initiative, MadPub that helps with damage assessment.
    • Need: more info

A.4 NY Hospital Status

  • Need: The project to track "operational status" means we are determining if ops are normal, compromised, evacuated, closed essentially. We are also asking if they are on grid or generator.
  • Request by: White House, FEMA, Nov 2
  • Current CrisisCommons contact: david (@) Crisiscommons.org
  • Groups working on: Sahana, David, PDX, SEA, SFO
  • Status: Sahana Foundation has stood up an instance to track hospital and LTC Status.

A.5 NYC Hospital Evacuation and Availability

  • Need: Person in a health care facility is evacuated. Can be in an orderly manner, or not very ordered. You don't know where they went. After a disaster, we have to check now where what person from where is in what hospital now. Then we can get them back to their place of origin. Provide that info to their loved ones and to their physicians. Information gets pushed to an automated contact. If no contact is found, info is added to Safe and Well (anything HIPPA compliant) Asking org: NY Medicine Status: curated
  • Request by: NYC Medical
  • Current contact: willow (dot) bl00 (@) gwob.org, SEA was working on this
  • Status: Not Active - This project deals with a lot of issues related to personal identifiable data, privacy, and other security concerns. Data timeliness and accuracy is also a challenge. We recognize the need but the digital online volunteers alone cannot solve this and need to have trusted partnerships with organizations, both response and medical, to succeed.


B. General Extended Virtual Community Activities and Projects or asks

The CrisisCommons extended community has lots of stuff going on in support of Sandy, so check out some of these below. Some of these are official requests as well. Add anything too if you know of something.

*NOTE: DO NOT CHANGE THE PROJECT NAMES/NUMBERS - THEY ARE LINKED ABOVE (Unless, of course, you change the relative links too - smile)

B.1. Hurricane Hackers


B.2 Damage Assessment HOTOSM


B.3 Data Source Curation - DataHubio


B.4. CrisisWiki - Sandy


B.5. Maps. Maps. Maps

Comms Map

Info: Tracking and visualising communication network outages and recoveries.
Link: http://sandycommsmap.crowdmap.com
Who: CC-Ireland


B.6 Maryland Damage Assessment

    • Request by: FEMA, Maryland
    • Community: HumanityRoad, CrisisCommons
    • Status: Deactivated, this project is no longer active
    • Need: tbd

B.7 Map of the Maps

  • Community: SBTF
  • Info: A good hackathon project would be to produce a map with either all these sub-maps added to it so if you live in-between areas you can see what's happening in the towns around you; or a map with a polygon for the area that each power company covers, so you can click on your home and get all the maps that cover your area.  OpenSignal.com is probably a good design pattern for this.

B.7 DoE - Getting the Kids back to School on Monday

(yes, two B.7's, so what)

Goal: Getting the kids to school on Monday!

  • Objective:
    • Deploy a map where NYC parents and students can see three types of schools: Open, Closed, or Relocated schools.
    • Parse data that is being uploaded to the schools.NYC.gov site.
    • Have data visible across the web and mobile web.

B.8 Find/share a room or couch


B.9 SandyAid Bot

  • Community: Max Ogden, CC-PDX
  • Info: Bot that directs #sandyaid tweets into IRC channel for human filtering and then retweets tweets with useful/quality information from @sandyaid account
  • Status: deployed
  • Source Code: https://gist.github.com/4013907

B.10 Analysis of #Sandy data crowdsourcing projects


C. Other Ongoing Projects

C.1 Geeks Without Bounds'

C.2. CrisisWiki

C.3. #OccupySandy

  • Community: #OCCUPYWALLSTREET
  • Info: A laterally organized relief effort via the #OCCUPYWALLSTREET network. Currently on the ground from long island to NJ. Canvasing, distributing supplies, and providing mutual aid
  • Resources:
    • occupysandy.org - An InterOccupy.net HUB for information and volunteer intake.
    • Occupy Tech Ops tools (#nycga-techops on freenode):
      • map.occupy.net - Ushahidi instance - some Sandy related information surfacing on the map, in need of volunteers to manage email tech (at) occupy.net
      • occupysandy-tech@lists.occupy.net - email list for #OccupySandy specific discussion
      • helpny.sahanafoundation.org we are working closely with the Sahana foundation to set up and configure an instance of Sahana for use by any and all relief efforts. IRC (freenode) #sahana-eden