Ebola Virus Info
Organized by: peter corless
peter corless via Crowdrise
November 05, 2014
Ebola Virus Info is a Social Media for Emergency Management (SMEM) project to provide timely, accurate and direct information regarding the 2014 Ebola outbreaks in West Africa. We are looking to transform our currently unincorporated all-volunteer program into a US-based non-profit public benefit corporation (IRS 501(c)3 designation) in order to sustain our mission, as well as expand it over time to cover other emerging global crises.
Our new organization, Disaster Info Team, will fold in other pre-existing programs, such as the long-term recovery from the 2012 Hurricane Sandy, and the 2011 Joplin Tornado. Based on capacity constraints we will add to our program portfolio over time. We've learned a lot on what the public wants and needs during these prior experiences, and we know how to fill the void and gaps between pre-existing governmental, Non-Profit and NGOs to bring a holistic picture to the community-in-need and the global communities-of-interest that seek to help them. We seek to bring that expertise to bear on this current crisis, and emerging crises to come.
In direct response to the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak, Ebola Virus Info is supporting both a public outreach program, as well as a peer-to-peer Ebola Social Media Coalition, to ensure best practices, common tools, infographics, articles, and other information are shared across the community of interest.
We have already created a community of interest of more than 5,000 people, with a reach of hundreds of thousands. To take our efforts to the next level, we need your support.
Use of Funds
We have already done a tremendous amount using entirely free tools and services, with minimal expenses. So far all our work has been voluntary. While this has been a necessity to meet short-term critical needs, in the long run this is an unscalable and unsustainable model.
Our first goal is to obtain much-needed additional IT tools and services to extend our public information outreach in Africa and throughout the rest of the world. This includes a web domain and web site, mapping tools, plus advanced social media, contact and information management systems. Your funds will also build our outreach program, getting information into the hands of communities-in-need, and connecting global communities-of-interest to on-the-ground organizations. Our anticipated costs are less than $2,500 for a set of IT tools and services, and less than $2,500 for outreach and awareness programs. A lot of our budget items are "not to exceed" values, and we'll make sure every dollar donated counts.
We have plans for bigger expenditures and budgets if we hit our first major goals, but we need to walk before we fly. Our goal is to make our first $5,000 by 1 January 2015.
• Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ebolavirusinfo
• Ebola Social Media Coalition: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ebolasocialmediacoalition/
• Twitter: @InfoEbola
• Email: InfoEbola@gmail.com
Disaster Info Team Members / Background
• Rebecca Williams - Joplin Tornado Info
• Genevieve Williams - Joplin Tornado Info
• Peter Corless - Rockaways - Hurricane Sandy News
• Suzanne Geiger - Syria Crisis
• Plus a team of SMEM veteran volunteers