Disaster Survivor, Tōhoku earthquake
Tokyo, Japan, April 2011

Judy was in Tokyo, riding the train to the airport, when the 8.9 Tōhoku earthquake struck. Her immediate reaction was simple: to reach out to her digital networks, and let them know what was happening.

I totally was surprised that I had connectivity right after the earthquake. I immediately tweeted, Facebook posted, and texted my fiancé.

What are my networks?

  • “My online community was helpful, but having those people around you think about emergency preparation and supplies is also important. If and when a disaster happens, if we’re all somewhat prepared, we can support each other.”

    Gather Supplies
  • “I was by myself and it was nice being on my phone and knowing that people were thinking of me, and I could communicate. If I didn’t have all those emails going back and forth, I would have felt really isolated.”

    Get Connected