CrisisWire.com: Emergency Information Just In Time

CrisisWire.com - Real Time Emergency Information

We are pleased to announce the release of CrisisWire.com.

CrisisWire is a self-aggregating website that pulls information on any disaster around the US and displays it on one page. It gets information into the hands of the people that need it most.

During a disaster people spend valuable time searching the internet and waiting for the media to report on their city, their neighborhood, their street. While main stream media serves a vital role during disasters, it is impossible to update the population on everything that is happening during a crisis. There usually isn’t enough time or resources. CrisisWire not only uses the traditional media outlets’ valuable information but will also utilize citizen journalists and Google maps to track the disaster. YouTube.com (videos), Flickr.com (photos) and a whole host of other types of published media will also soon be integrated.

Along with the website, CrisisWire will soon utilize text messages to get information to people that have lost their electricity, internet, or been displaced from their home. So no matter where someone is, they can be receiving invaluable information about shelters, road closures and other dangers.

Our hope is that CrisisWire will change the way people respond and learn about disasters.

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CrisisWire is currently being used for the southern California Aftershock earthquake drill that began on Novemeber 13, 2008. This drill is helping to teach people how to respond in a disaster and is a perfect example for CrisisWire to use at this time.

To learn more about this vital source of disaster information, please visit CrisisWire.com or contact me directly

We would appreciate your input and feedback greatly.

Nate Ritter lives in San Diego, CA who popularized the #hashtag and creates scaleable web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

5 Comments on "CrisisWire.com: Emergency Information Just In Time"

  1. nate says:

    Actually, we just started aggregating for a real emergency now too… the “T Fire” in Santa Barbara.

  2. My prediction is that you’ll be the next Fannie May and get acquired by the government.

  3. nate says:

    Hah… well, I hope we’re not the next Fannie Mae and HAVE to get acquired by the govt.

  4. Michael says:

    Wow that is a really cool concept hopefully i’ll never have to use it though.

  5. Rowell says:

    I remember you were talking about this at the SD tWine Up. Really cool idea and I know it will be very beneficial to the community. Good stuff.

 
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