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Community Theme for WordPress Multisite

This post was first published on Erica Heinz’s blog. For the last 14 months, I’ve been working on a major WordPress Multisite theme withPatricia Lutz (PHP / open source developer extraordinaire). Originally envisioned for use merging and replacing various disconnected sites of Occupy, the theme quickly showed its use for disaster relief organization NYC Prepared…. Read more »

Our Human Services Data Initiative

If you dial “211” almost anywhere in America, you will be connected to a representative at an information and referral system that can give you information about nonprofit services in your area. When you dial 211 in New York City, you are connected to 311, the number for non-emergency City government services. 311 will only provide you with information about government services and does not provide information about or referrals to services run by nonprofit organizations.

What is “Data Preparedness”?

One of the main goals of disaster preparedness work is to simplify and support decision-making processes before, during and after an emergency situation. One way to do this is to make sure high quality, up-to-date information is available in an accessible format to a wide range of decision makers, including government agencies, nonprofits, community-based organizations… Read more »

Solutions for VOADs


Nine months ago, I attended the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters Convening in Elizabeth, NJ. It was a fantastic event in which people from over 50 nonprofit, mostly religious, organizations came together to network, troubleshoot the ways they were providing Sandy disaster relief, and discuss how they might better tackle disaster relief challenges in… Read more »