Using Web 2.0 to prepare for Gustav
Today I saw a tweet from Andy Carvin (of NPR fame) that got me involved in a quick Yahoo Pipes project to aggregate Gustav-related volunteering and housing posts from craigslist. I didn’t do much, but now there is a big long feed of housing offers and volunteering opportunities on the Gustav Ning site. If you are interested, join the Gustav Ning community to see what else needs to be done. Three years after Katrina, there are new tools we can use to help folks who will again be displaced by Mother Nature.
You can help too. Gustav wiki needs volunteers to edit pages on aid agencies/donations, govt contact info, etc: http://www.gustavwiki.com. They have migrated content from the Katrina wiki, but many things need to be updated. If you can adopt a page, please do — use the “talk” section of the wiki to claim your particular page and avoid duplication. This is a way you can help folks evacuating from affected areas get the info they need.
What if you don’t have Internet or a laptop? There’s also a mobile-based guide to Gustav resources and information here: http://ventana.cerado.com/gustav08, for those in the path of the storm without internet access. If you have loved ones in the area, please pass this along.