Source: Weather Channel Alerts
2009 was looking like a very uneventful hurricane season. That is until Hurricane Ida slammed into El Salvador killing 91 people as of this writing. It is now headed towards the gulf coast of the US.
About an hour ago I noticed a Tweet from Andy Carvin, NPR's Social Media Guru and social media disaster volunteer coordinator:
Please retweet: Online volunteers needed to help prep for Hurricane Ida, updating HurricaneWiki.org, etc: http://bit.ly/2lPQkr
I also received a follow up email with more details:
So it looks like we're going to get a hurricane after all this season. Ida is expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast near the Alabama/Florida border late Monday or early Tuesday. I've already started updating the feeds on the homepage to aggregate Ida-related information, but there are still some tasks to be done.
Most importantly, we need to update the wiki: http://hurricanewiki.org. We need volunteers to review the wiki section by section and make sure that there are resources collected for Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Much of this was done last year but it can't hurt to be sure it's up to date. If you plan to work on a section of the wiki, please let us know which one.
Next, we need to identify useful Twitter accounts so I can begin aggregating them using the new Twitter Lists feature. If you come across any useful Twitter accounts related to Ida - local news accounts, weather spotters, volunteers, local orgs, etc - please add them to the wiki here:
If you can help out in the next 48 hours, please let Andy know by responding to this thread.
Last summer, during the height of the hurricane season, Andy Carvin, interrupted his self-imposed summer blogging siesta, to help organize online efforts and coordinate volunteers in advance of Hurricane Gustav. He set up a Ning site Hurricane Information Center. This site worked much like Katrina Aftermath, with aggregations of content generated by the public, news orgs and govt agencies.
I've just come across another site/platform that is designed for aggregating information for emergencies and they have also established a Hurricane Ida Information Site. Well, off to do my micro-volunteer task for the day and add it here.