About This Project
The Grassroots Disaster Relief Toolkit is a collection of resources made to support communities organizing mutual aid-based disaster relief.
It’s goals are to: 1) provide a way for individuals and groups to organize the logistics of relief work and form relationships; 2) support the documentation of lessons and skills being learned; 3) visualize disasters so that they are easier to organize around and ensure smaller disasters aren’t forgotten; and 4) provide a forum to discuss how other actors, like the state and non-profits, are participating in disasters.
The goals of this platform are limited:
Our ability to organize justly and equitably online is limited, both for reasons of security and because this work necessitates the building of trust-based relationships. This site is NOT meant to serve as a social media platform. We want to support connections being made and development of relationships and coordination of work being done in-person, on text threads, etc.
This site is also NOT a secure place to discuss underground, subversive organizing. All material and discussion on this site is publicly available. Read more about security for this site here.
We support the use of other, better-suited apps and tools when appropriate. This site is limited in features for supporting acute, street-level response work during disasters. A number of other online resources are better equipped to provide live, on-the-ground information, such as which shelters are open and which streets are passable.
This site is NOT meant to support organizing specifically around COVID19. Many other resources continue to be developed to support communities organizing around this global pandemic. See our COVID19 page.
First released in X 2020, the Grassroots Disaster Relief Toolkit is still in a beta, or testing, phase. We expect to encounter bugs and learn a lot about how we can adapt this site to better support its community over the first year. We encourage users to contact us when they encounter problems and think of ways it can be improved. We’re grateful for your patience as we iron out any kinks.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of any difficulties you experience and other feedback you have.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I create a disaster profile/map pinpoint for a disaster happening outside the United States?
In the Beta phase of this project, we are not supporting profiles or map pinpoints for disasters happening outside of the U.S.. We want to ensure that people from the US are not adding disasters to the map in places they do not have connections to. We would rather those communities use the tool themselves when we have the capacity to support them on this platform. We also want to be mindful in the way language and cultural differences impact the global ability to use this resource. When we have the capacity, we want to take the time to accurately and responsibly translate our content to reach a broader audience.
If a disaster is happening outside the U.S., you can request that a new forum board be created to discuss supporting people and organizations on the ground.