Recovering From a Disaster — Ep 4.5
This is a special edition of the Communities That Convert podcast.
We just went through an unbelievable experience. So we decided to record our thoughts and share them with you. We survived Hurricane Harvey and the effects it had on the Houston area.
In this episode, we’d like to share our thoughts on connecting with your community when YOU are in crisis.
- Social media plays an important role during a disaster.
- Understand when to pause your social media. Buffer made it easy for us to pause our accounts during Harvey.
- See article: How to Pause Your Buffer Queue (feature only available on the Awesome and Business plans)
- We both paid close attention to social media and noticed helpful hashtags popping up during Harvey:
- If you’re not in immediate danger, there are ways you can help out others. Kami categorized these into 4 different buckets of response:
- Initiators — People organizing their own outreach efforts: rescues, shelters, housing people.
- Aggregators — People organizing on the fly with Interactive maps of shelters, donation points.
- Amplifiers — People who share what other people have created.
- Participants — People who volunteer when requested. They responded to the initiators, aggregators and amplifiers.
- It was amazing to see prominent people in business across the U.S. as well as those in our local community rally together to raise money, clothing and necessities to help victims of this disaster.
- Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and star of the reality TV show The Profit, launched a nationwide clothing drive to send to residents of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey.
- JJ Watt, football player for the Houston Texans, raised over 32 million dollars to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can STILL donate! Deadline 9–15–17.
- During a time of crisis, stay tuned to your local media — tv, radio, etc — for the latest updates.
- Use Facebook’s “disaster check-in” to let your friends know that you’re okay.
- Important — Take breaks from your computer and tv. Take a mental break. Clear your mind.