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by Scott Davis
Many of us don't have to look too far back to recall the impact of a natural disaster: Sandy, Chelyabinsk, Lushan, and now Oklahoma. When they occur there is typically no shortage of assistance available, but coordination is a major challenge.
In every neighborhood affected, people naturally check on each other to assess need individually. Front line knowledge is abundant but remains difficult to share in a meaningful way. Connectivity is limited. Accommodations are in short supply. Dense traffic obstructs support efforts. The logistics alone are almost as crippling as the event that made them necessary.
With this in mind, web activists in Portland have launched http://help4ok.org to support disaster relief efforts for tornado victims in Oklahoma. The site helps connect people directly with local resources:
Created by 70+ volunteers attending this year’s DrupalCon, it went from vision to reality in less than 24 hours. Simple, straightforward, and a great example of one Community helping another.