Since Superstorm Sandy hit New York City on October 29th, 2012, affected neighborhoods have been engaged in the long, complicated journey toward recovering and rebuilding their communities.
Grassroots organizations new and old are suddenly finding themselves in coordination with one another, working together to ensure that residents have the tools and services they need to return to the lives they had before the storm.
Coordination on the ground requires coordinated technology. If groups are connected to one another’s operations, they can fill in gaps, address immediate needs, and build on each other’s work. On the other hand, a lack of coordination leads to wasted time and resources—which means needs don’t get met, and recovery efforts are hobbled.
NYC:Prepared brings technologists and local leaders together to co-create the world’s best disaster relief and community resilience toolset not only for New York City, but for people throughout the world. Every software tool in which we invest our time and money is “copyleft”, not copyright, so it can be deployed by anyone at no cost and without restriction.
Our first priority is to make sure that groups involved in their local “Long Term Recovery Council/Organization/Group” have access to high quality websites that they can manage (WordPress), CRM solutions that can handle mailings and donation processing (CiviCRM), and the basic computer programs they need to be productive (Ubuntu/Linux).