Online & mobile disaster relief efforts for Japan

There was a question on an ASAE listserve last week from a Japanese AMC looking for online/mobile examples of what associations and nonprofits could do to help with Japanese relief efforts following the earthquake a couple of weeks ago.  I scoured my Reader and fired off a few links (including some about social networks and tech companies and startups); and it seemed like a good idea to repost them here with a couple of additional ones I’ve seen since.  If your association or nonprofit is assisting with relief efforts, please add what you’re doing in the comments.

Here’s what I’m seeing, in no particular order:

- Nuclear Energy Institute – “their news and events page has resources and information, includinga map of Japan’s nuclear energy reactors, a link to their radiation answers site, and even a link to donate to Japan’s relief efforts, which takes you to a page with a more than a dozen individual fundraising organizations dedicated to the cause. There is also acurated list of links to current news articles about the earthquakeand reactor situations”.

- SxSWCares - Volunteers in attendance at SxSW [yay Leigh Durst and Rob Wu!! I can connect you to these awesome people if you want more info] very quickly created this donation website which has raised $105,000 to date, with the money being channeled through the American Red Cross. (More analysis and info from Beth Harte here)

- Google has a good page on resources for aid to Japan – as you know, they have just launched a Google for Nonprofits program so they are very focused right now on how to mobilize people in various ways for both disaster relief and other social good causes (more info here). See also Google Crisis Response.

- This post on SmartBlog on Social Media is an interview with the Mgive Foundation, which helps nonprofits implement fundraising campaigns using mobile and SMS.

- uberShare is a startup technology company that has also set up relief efforts.

- Twitter’s  Hope140 blog provides information on Twitter-related resources.

- This Royal Pingdom post lists some of the twitter hashtags being used in Japan for earthquake information, rescue operations, medical information, and finding survivors.

- Nonprofits like Ushaidi provide insanely awesome data visualization tools for disaster relief – I attended part of a session at #11ntc on the Future of the Map and this public Google Doc with notes from the session has a ton of resources and links mentioned, if you want more info on that.

- The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is monitoring the situation in Japan and has established a discussion forum for people affected by the earthquake.  They are collecting contact information for engineers who want to help onsite in Japan and are in discussions with relief agencies to figure out when/how they can start sending people over to Japan.

- Edge Outreach is training and equipping people to provide disaster relief.

- Here’s a nice reminder of how mobile apps can help (got a flashlight app on your phone? I do now!).

- Another roundup of nonprofit relief activities by Allyson Kapin on Frogloop,

a great Pearltree on the nuclear situation.

And finally, this last link is to the Red Cross’s Emergency Social  Summit, an event they held last year to discuss how “aid agencies, government agencies, corporations, technologists, and citizen groups” can work together for  disaster relief.

Wondering what your organization can do in times like this? Geoff Livingston has some starter tips.

Please share any other info you’ve participated in or seen!  Thanks!


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