November 3, 2012

Digital Volunteers From Around The World Unite To Support Hurricane Sandy Victims

Crisis Camps And Hackathons To Help Speed Up Response and Recovery

Hundreds of digital volunteers are organizing gatherings around the world this weekend to help develop solutions to help speed up the response and recovery from Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast of the United States.

The volunteers will pool their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm, to help support US federal government response. They will use and develop technology tools, such as databases, crisis maps and other ways to present information, to help track the availability of fuel, hotel spaces, transportation systems and the evacuations of hospital and long-term care facilities.

Organizations involved in the ongoing digital humanitarian efforts and the crisis camps, include:

Many other digital volunteers and organizations have ongoing project to support the response and recovery efforts. More information on these can be found at:


“There are many volunteers across the globe that have the skills and are willing to make a difference. They will gather and provide actionable information to the government, so those who are managing the emergency situations following Hurricane Sandy, can make the best possible decisions and get assistance to those who need it quicker.”

— Pascal Schuback, Chair of the Board, CrisisCommons


  • Hundreds of volunteers are         expected at crisis camps across the United States (Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Boston, Rockville (MD) and Washington, DC).
  • International gatherings include crisis camps in Galway (Ireland), Montreal (Canada) and Auckland         (New Zealand) and at a hackathon in London (U.K.) held by         HurricaneHackers,
  • A crisis camp is planned for the weekend of November 10 in Naples, Florida.


About the Hurricane Sandy crisis camps

About crisis maps created to support humanitarian and relief efforts.

Contact information

Patrice Cloutier

CrisisCommons Communications Working Group