Accepted and In-Flight
With people losing homes through the fires, it can take a while for agency responses to ramp up. In the interim:
- self-organising groups on Facebook have sprung up to offer hyper-local solutions,
- a volunteer team have created findabed.info that's connected over 6000willing hosts to evacuees;
- Camplify have started offering RVs as interim options;
- AirBnB OpenHomes is allowing hosts to offer their spare house or space.
A series of misleading articles have been created and are getting traction on social media platforms - it's been starting to get some coverage at:
The first things to usually get burnt on a property are the sheds and outbuildings, valuable spots for tool storage. Those tools are often the exact things needed to start recovery - a tool library helps connect people needing replacement tools, with offers of quality tools. See more in our Tool Library challenge.
Beyond accommodation, people in crisis can have a bunch of needs. A fast moving crew of AU + USA based technologists, product designers and disaster response volunteers have banded together to help build TheCrisisApp, drawing on experiences in supporting emergency responses in US Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate. See more..
For the RFS and broader volunteer reliant agencies, their people make all the difference to their capability. Recent RFS interviews have highlighted a need to better track volunteer welfare, hours committed to the role in both active duty and training preparation. With many volunteers taking their smartphones with them to stay in touch with loved ones, how could we enable them + their agencies to keep track of hours committed to their volunteer work? Dig deeper into this.
When a fire hits a region and air assets are deployed to assist, how can they reliably source water and balance that load across a community? Private and public water holdings can be better tracked using embedded monitors to provide local availability snapshots of their hydrology assets.
Whilst peak bodies and large NGOs are seeing significant financial boost following the lift in donations intensity, on-the-ground experiences don't reflect a picture of rapid disbursement of funds to those who have been affected and need it. Recognising the need for robust checks and balances, how can these payments be facilitated faster to those in dire need? Dig deeper
There are some ingenious ways to support affected wildlife with food and water stations, ranging from the small pollinators like native bees through to larger species. If these food + water points are also setup with camera monitors, it allows for species inventories to be collated and inform post-fire recovery research. Dig deeper into our Wildlife Support challenge.