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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject: NEW TOOL TO REQUEST ASSISTANCE
From Nov 11, 2012 to Dec 10, 2012 (included)
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Occupysms.org just started today with their sms-based system whereby people can report addresses in need (with repair, cleanup, pumping, or supply deliver [if the resident can't get to a distro center]) via text messages. it basically just collects the address, the kind of help needed and the phone number of the person who texted in the data. This then gets put into a system that volunteers / relief groups can then access via text message to get an assignment and agree to take on that assignment. once they do it's removed from the queue.

Craig DiFolco, an SI-native who's now based in Manhattan and who has been making contact with local relief groups [e..g Rebuild SI [the one doing the event this wknd]) and I were talking with the folks at occupysms.org about how to best use this for SI given that there are a number of local relief groups who are keeping track of their constituents' needs and helping to dispatch relief to them (and also to curb individual volunteers just showing up at people's houses, which was a concern of some relief groups).

So we're looking at this tool mostly as a way to gather data to then give to the local relief groups to then dispatch help (so we're kind of adjusting the crowd-sourced help function of this by using established organizations instead of individuals to address the need). Craig is able to get access to the data and distribute it to the local relief groups. I saw your tweet re: collecting individual addresses.

You can enter them into the system by texting SANDY to 69866 and following the prompts. Otherwise you can forward them to me and i can help enter them in. I can also make a record of them re: who submitted, etc. and try to help put a system in place that allows for confirmation/follow-up (the occupysms system is too simple for that right now).

I'd love to see if we could make this something that the SI relief effort could gather around and use if possible. I haven't yet done a whole blast on twitter b/c I wanted to start small and see what kinks exist (it went live this AM at 12:30). We can soon unleash the hounds and scream from the rooftops that this tool is good to use for all.

If it's easier to discuss this over the phone you can call at 3476330267 or we can gchat. thanks!
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