Disaster Recovery Platform Matches Volunteers And Needs
Communities that sign up with Recovers receive a personalized site that allows them to coordinate relief efforts more efficiently. The platform's latest challenge: Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Article written by guest writer Kecia Lynn
What's the Latest Development?
Manhattan's Lower East Side is the latest community to benefit from Recovers.org, a seven-month-old startup that provides a Web- and mobile-based platform for coordinating disaster relief efforts. Communities that pay for a subscription receive a personalized Web site, training, and access to technology that lets them match volunteers and donations to people and places in need. Twenty-one communities will have signed on to the service by next month.
What's the Big Idea?
Recovers founder Caitria O'Neill came up with the idea after a tornado destroyed her Massachusetts home last year. "There were these two completely uncoordinated things happening on the ground: people showing up who wanted to help and organizations and families that needed help...There was no infrastructure binding the two." O'Neill stresses that although Recovers is meant to be used as a preparedness tool, unfortunately most communities don't realize they need it until after disaster has struck. In cases where the call comes after the fact, charges are waived out of good conscience, which doesn't help in terms of company sustainability. The Lower East Side site was set up just this week and is being coordinated by Occupy NYC and other organizations.
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Meteorologists propose a stunning new explanation for the mysterious events in the Bermuda Triangle.
One of life's great mysteries, the Bermuda Triangle might have finally found an explanation. This strange region, that lies in the North Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been the presumed cause of dozens and dozens of mind-boggling disappearances of ships and planes.
Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.
- During the 1930s, thousands of Americans sympathized with the Nazis, holding huge rallies.
- The rallies were organized by the American German Bund, which wanted to spread Nazi ideology.
- Nazi supporters also organized summer camps for kids to teach them their values.
A Bund parade in New York, October 30, 1939.
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Tea and coffee have known health benefits, but now we know they can work together.
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- A new study finds drinking large amounts of coffee and tea lowers the risk of death in some adults by nearly two thirds.
- This is the first study to suggest the known benefits of these drinks are additive.
- The findings are great, but only directly apply to certain people.