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.
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
Similar to Judy
My experience has given me insight into my role in a disaster. I’m trained to be present with people in the midst of a crisis. To help them connect with others.
Community Hub The Tenderloin, San Francisco
It doesn’t matter if it’s good times or bad times, we all need to eat. It’s a natural fit for chefs to stand up to help (in an emergency).
Community Hub The Embarcadero, San Francisco
My coworker and I created an email thread with everyone from the office. They responded to the email or text so we could track where everyone was.
Disaster Survivor New York City