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Upcoming Free Webinar This Thursday! Disaster-Proof Your Nonprofit or Library Tech
Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month ? With this year being the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation, it's a good time to make sure your organization is prepared to remain resilient and keep the doors open to serve your community - whether you face a natural...
Technology for Resilience: The Future of Disaster Relief
Disaster preparedness is something every nonprofit and public library needs to be on top of — whether you deal with disaster relief directly or not. Sometimes the communities you serve are affected by disaster, and there's also the chance that your own organization could face some sort of disaster...
Microsoft HelpBridge: A Disaster Response App
In times of emergency, locating your family and friends is a top priority. Microsoft's HelpBridge is a free app available on all the major mobile platforms that connects you with friends and family during a disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane. It also lets you discover and donate to organizations...
Lessons From Haiti: Uses of New Media in Disaster Recovery Efforts
Even if you pay only glancing attention to news about technology and social media, you've probably heard something about their uses during disaster response and relief efforts. When wildfires devastated the area around San Diego in October, 2007, citizen journalists used e-mail, text messages, and...
TechSoup Makes an E-Book
We recently updated our book, The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery . In this update, we wanted to make sure the information can be read from different devices as an e-book. While we are providing the document as a PDF file also, ebooks are easier to resize fonts and...
General IT Safety Tips for Disaster Recovery
Our thoughts are with those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The following is an excerpt on recovering hardware and IT equipment after a disaster from TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide , currently being updated with additional content and formats. If you have additional...
The Extraordinaries and Ushahidi Using Technology to Help in Haiti
In a time of tragedy, it's comforting to see organizations using technology to deepen their ability to help those in need. The Extraordinaries and Ushahidi , two past NetSquared challenge winners, are working hard to help bring relief to people affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti. The Extraordinaries...
The Cell Phone Solution: Easy Emergency Preparedness for Nonprofits
Ana-Marie Jones is the Executive Director of CARD - Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters , a nonprofit located in Alameda County, California. Created by local community agencies after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, CARD trains and supports nonprofits and their special needs clients in disaster...
TechSoup Japan Disaster Relief Program Launches to Assist Local NGOs
The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred 7 weeks and 4 days ago. Japanese culture, following Buddhist tradition, often marks the 49 days after a death as a formal period of mourning. As the weeks pass, the disaster recovery is increasingly shifting out of the hands of professional first-responder...
TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide
Most organizations don't think about disaster planning until it's too late. Since Hurricane Katrina struck the US in 2005, TechSoup has created and maintained content specific to nonprofits, libraries, and charities on disaster planning and recovery. We have recently revised this content in...
Asia/Pacific Partners Meeting: Disaster Recovery, Knowledge Sharing, Cloud Computing, and More
Last month, I got to attend Ashoka's Tech4Society conference in Hyderabad, India, as a guest writer for the AshokaTech blog . TechSoup Co-CEO Daniel Ben-Horin was also attending Tech4Society as an Ashoka senior fellow . By coincidence, Nasscom (our partner NGO in India) was hosting its annual India...
Text Message Donations for Haiti Reach $8.5 Million
Americans have donated $8.5 million to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund through text messaging alone since the earthquake. And even more money has been raised through text messaging for other relief efforts, including Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund . Click the map or visit this website ...
Text Message Donations for Haiti Top $37 Million
Donations via text message for Haiti relief efforts have surpassed $37 million , more than quadruple the amount when we posted about SMS donations originally . There are also lots more organizations accepting donations via text messaging through mGive , who set up the SMS donation platform. Click through...
NNTSP Applies Relief Work for Hurricane Sandy
Earlier this year, the Network for Nonprofit Technology Solution Providers (NNTSP) organized as part of TechSoup Global, combining their resources to create a national network of local technology capacity-builders serving the nonprofit sector. Several of the NNTSP partners are combining efforts for...
Update from CDI Mobile Telecentre and How You Can Help
Earlier this week , we told you about TechSoup partner CDI Chile 's plan to restore connectivity to Chilean NGOs. The CDI Mobile Telecentre is now on the road, connecting individuals to loved ones and connecting NGOs to resources helping them get back on their feet. Today, the telecentre is in Lota...
Used Laptops Needed for Earthquake Victims in Haiti: You Can Help!
TechSoup is united with the world in wishing a quick recovery to the people of Haiti after last week's devastating earthquake (and continuing aftershocks). Our own Tim Suttle was there only a couple of weeks ago volunteering for a local organization: Just last week I was in [Haiti] to setup a computer...
What Does Big Data Have to Do With Me and My Organization?
Without a doubt big data is one of the most talked about topics in nonprofit technology and IT in general this year. It was last year as well. But if you’re not a big collector of online information like Google, Facebook or Microsoft, what does big data have to do with you and your work? It’s...
Remote Access Proves Critical to New Zealand NGO After Earthquake
This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog and was written by Erica Lorraine Scheidt, TechSoup Global's Director of Marketing Communications. Through my work with TechSoup Global, all kinds of amazing stories cross my desk, but a letter we received from the Cystic Fibrosis...
Updates from TechSoup's Partner and Friends in Japan
Words cannot describe the devastation that has engulfed Japan, and pictures paint a grim scenario that will affect the region for years to come. Having many ties to Japan and having visited the afflicted area in the past, I am certain that in spite of this tragedy, the spirit and resilience of the Japanese...
Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way
The January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti showed some of the astonishing potential for volunteer-based digital disaster relief. Thousands of people - with the aid of their computers, mobile phones, and online applications - were able to do important work to save lives and bring resources...
Be Vigilant about Disaster-Related Emails
In the wake of the horrible tragedies in Myanmar and China, millions of dollars worth of donations can be expected from generous people all over the world to help those desperately in need. Unfortunately, we can also count on unscrupulous criminals taking advantage of the situation to defraud individuals...
Technology's Impact on Disaster Relief
Relief organizations and first-responders are working tirelessly to provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The staff at TechSoup Global is keeping all those affected by the devastating hurricane in our thoughts as we work to support recovery efforts. Mobile technology, web apps, and mapping...
How to Back Up Your iPhone or iPad
An estimated 17.4 million mobile devices were activated on Christmas day according to research firm Flurry Analytics . If you are one of the people who received a phone or tablet for the holidays, now is the time to start coming up with a mobile backup plan. It can be a tedious chore, but if you...
Disaster Relief Memo to Fundraisers: Lessons for Sandy from Katrina
As the east coast continues cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy, those of us who have been in the industry a while can't help but reflect on what this means for the fundraising sector and think back to the lessons of Katrina. Domestic relief organizations of all kinds are no doubt mobilizing to support...
Saving the World One Tech Innovation at a Time
Imagine a hurricane bearing down on an isolated village. This storm will obliterate everything in its path: homes, roads, power lines, and communication capabilities. Worst of all, many villagers will be injured or killed. After the storm, survivors are cut off from the world, unable to communicate...