Harvey Response

A resources collecting page for Hurricane Harvey response; we are **not** an emergency service provider, but non-emergency **questions, requests, inquiries, report-ins, offers of help or capacity are welcome**. We are also maintaining a list of [places to donate to](#donate). ## What is this page? The purpose of this page is to amplify requests emerging from local community organizations, especially those that work with communities that are bearing the burden of the storm more than others, and many of whom primarily coordinate over the phone or through Facebook groups. (See [TEJAS report on disproportionate impacts of Harvey on low-income people of color](http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19894:Texas-Organizer:-Harvey-Disproportionately-Affects-Low-Income-People-of-Color)) https://anothergulf.com/a-just-harvey-recovery/ is the primary online hub for response efforts of the `#ajustharveyrecovery` coalition If there are other efforts with similar aims, we don't want to duplicate or draw capacity away from them. Likewise, if other efforts are aimed at a different group (say, technologists, or professional crisis responders) and take a different approach, we want to do our best to interconnect with them, but also recognize that there may still be a need for this page. ### Posting asks + offers We are happy to feature report-ins from folks involved in Harvey response on this page -- you can [post them here](/post?tags=harvey,harvey-response). If there are **specific asks or offers**, what works best is to break those out as concrete questions, such as: - we need help with X? - does anyone need X? That way we can get people connected up, whether they want to pitch in or they have information you need -- Public Lab's network spans over 10k people. **** ## Weekly Open Call Public Lab hosts a weekly public call, and we are happy to offer this as a space for coordinating efforts and inquiries on Harvey response. Calls happen at **2pm CT / 3pm ET on Tuesdays** Call-in information is at: https://publiclab.org/wiki/open-call and https://pad.publiclab.org/p/opencall Please add your name and/or comments there, even if you can't join, and we'll do our best to connect the dots. Notes from these calls will be listed here: [notes:harvey-calls] **** ## Requests for help [activities:harvey] **** ## Questions Please post questions (requests and/or asking if your offer of capacity is needed) relevant to Harvey here: [questions:harvey] **** ## Project requests - **From Scott Eustis at Gulf Restoration Network:** We are going out on Sat. in Houston / Galveston area and also Corpus Christi to survey and see what needs further investigation. We'll be producing imagery (first from planes, later kite + balloon kits + drones) of affected areas and could use help processing it all. Also needs help analyzing satellite images. This project has now been listed as [Harvey Images](https://publiclab.org/wiki/harvey-images). \*Task: set up a photo processing workflow like Cartography Collective (an old Public Lab initiative) - Do screen captures of scanned Homeland Security images (100 ft), or download NOAA's imagery - LINKS?) - Look for sheen on water (spills) and report location/sheen color - How do we identify sheens on water? Examples? (see [Questions](#questions)) **Answer: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/OWJA\_2016.pdf** - Look for hazardous sites under water, as well as debris - same as above question! Needs posting on [Questions](#questions) - Use EPA reference sheet for prime locations on existing maps (prioritized on coasts) - where's the EPA reference sheet? Needs posting on [Questions](#questions) - Google spreadsheets suggested for coordinating/forms with links for screen caps of images - links? - Decide on type of labeling/criteria needed for these photos - Scott has aerial shots of Beaumont, but only had time to submit 5 reports (we may be able to help create the additional 20 or so that need to be done) - links? (asked Scott Eustis already) - [GRN Flickr](https://www.flickr.com/photos/healthygulf/with/36743683920/) shows recent aerial photos - Post facility points/polygons to OpenStreetMap.org and photos to MapKnitter.org - Crowdsource Help * Hold hackathons to input/examine photos (live or remote) * Instruction via Google Hangout to organizers * Potential Sites * Philadelphia - Contact Leslie Birch: leslie@humanplusnature.com * Use Zooniverse or Mapmill.org platforms to speed identification/sorting process ## Projects that are happening - **Map the industrial / petrochemical facilities, EPA superfund sites, landfills and toxic waste dumps that could cause chemical spills or contamination during storm surge** Examples from Harvey: - [https://skytruth.ushahidi.io/views/map](https://skytruth.ushahidi.io/views/map) (contact [tracey@skytruth.org](mailto:tracey@skytruth.org) to collaborate) - [http://www.sierraclub.org/environmental-justice/hurricane-harvey-toxic-sites](http://www.sierraclub.org/environmental-justice/hurricane-harvey-toxic-sites) - [https://www.mapbox.com/bites/00368/#15.57/29.7508/-95.1838](https://www.mapbox.com/bites/00368/#15.57/29.7508/-95.1838) (this is by @Mikel Maron and HOT) - [https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/harvey/index.html] Request: somehow integrate this data to reduce map data fragmentation ## Project ideas (Adapted from Sketch City's (see Groups) [IrmaStart document](http://bit.do/irmastart)'s HOW TO START A NEW PROJECT) * First thing’s first: **is someone already working on something similar**? Try to see if your idea already exists, and if so, ask if they need your help. Many tools and guides have already been created to respond to crises in general. Can one of those be adapted? Then, check the list below and [ask in our chatroom](/chat) * [Ask if your proposal or request fits](/questions/new?tags=question:harvey,harvey,storms,hurricanes&title=Would%20it%20be%20helpful%20if...&body=We%20can%20offer%20...) with local groups' priorities, abilities, needs, and current trajectory * Create a short statement about your project, by editing this page and adding yours below, following the template provided #### Add yours below following this project template: * Title * What problem are we trying to solve? * What help is needed at this time? * What are the next steps (validation, research, coding, design)? **Conduct post-storm water sampling & soil sampling** * For context from Katrina on long term toxicity post-hurricane, see http://labucketbrigade.org/blog/science-sale * https://publiclab.org/wiki/water-sampling * https://publiclab.org/wiki/soil-sampling * See this question as a starting point - https://publiclab.org/notes/stevie/08-31-2017/what-are-soil-sampling-protocols-being-used-by-groups-along-the-gulf-coast **Record damage to people's houses to assist in getting insurance money** → LFMA (Louisiana Floodplain Management Association) professionals have a volunteer Disaster Team that rushes in to measure flooding on homes for the NFIP by recording high water marks. Training course offered October 6 in Lake Charles, LA http://lfma.org/ **** ### Help organize this page Help organize this content! We're drafting new content/revisions for this page on the Talk page, at https://publiclab.org/talk/harvey **** ### Donate Please consider communities that are bearing the burden of the storm more than others! - **[Harvey - Money for the People](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eLvsRpADADP94rTccrlKXcO6xd4nwHPpyy1KiQxukrE/edit)** (lists MANY orgs to give to) - [Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies](http://portlight.org) - [Central Texas Food Bank Foundation](https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org) - [Texas Diaper Bank](http://texasdiaperbank.org) - [Houston Food Bank](http://houstonfoodbank.org) - [Galveston food bank](http://galvestoncountyfoodbank.org) - [Corpus Christi food bank](http://foodbankcc.com) - [Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County](http://homelesshouston.org) **** ## Groups * T.E.J.A.S. Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services - http://tejasbarrios.org/ * https://anothergulf.com * Bayou City Waterkeeper (used to be Galveston Baykeeper) https://www.facebook.com/bayoucitywaterkeeper/ * GRN - Gulf Restoration Network - https://healthygulf.org * Sierra Club: https://sierraclub.org/texas/hurricane-harvey-recovery-0 * Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team - https://www.hotosm.org/ * Sketch City (Houston's local Code for America Brigade) - http://sketchcity.org/ and http://sketchcity.org/2017/08/31/enabling-communication-hurricane-harvey-rescue-relief/ --> http://harveyneeds.org/ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rb44V3PHVMEmpeyJARq3s8AwHemI-SpBOmYXwpm9nhQ/edit#heading=h.dmwktk4yvz0 * Gulf Monitoring Consortium (https://www.skytruth.org/gmc/) are organizing around the enviro monitoring side of things * SkyTruth - https://Skytruth.org (member of GMC above) * Green Army - https://gogreenarmy.com * Groundwork - https://groundworkusa.org * I See Change - https://www.iseechange.org **** ### Mapping projects * http://harveyrelief.handiworks.co/rescue-map/ * http://houstonharveyrescue.com * http://tinyurl.com/harvey-evac-map ...

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sagarpreet "Hi ! So i have been working on map oriented library trying to solve the above problem . I have added some of the layers mentioned here . Do check i..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "This is relatively close to your question, or at least related! https://publiclab.org/questions/warren/02-01-2018/is-there-a-way-to-view-epa-s-tox..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
gretchengehrke "Here's another resource for soil sampling procedures: https://archive.epa.gov/region9/toxic/web/pdf/ee-soilsampling-sop-env-3-13.pdf. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
gretchengehrke "Table 8.2 in that doc is particularly useful. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
gretchengehrke "Here is a great reference document that helps parse out some different types of sampling for different study designs, depths of samples, etc. We co..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "The spreadsheet was briefly unavailable but is now back online, thanks! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
liz "i wanted to add some relevant terminology from the amazing g0v community as we work on conceptualizing our matchmaking: a digger is a person who id..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
eustatic "Thanks so much for this project, so great to meet you! I'm excited to try the NOAA images. here's an example of sheen: https://storms.ngs.noaa.go..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
zengirl2 "@sspatharioti so nice to see this coming together. I took a try at it and I only had wordsmith stuff. Wasn't sure about the term "overflight observ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
eustatic "algae blooms? woah. thanks! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
zengirl2 "Hey @eustatic I didn't know you were there--of course you would be the expert! So glad this was a success. I've been away for a few days but I'm sa..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
stevie "This looks great @sspatharioti ! Did you see some of the work done on the Harvey Image sorting project? here's a link to a write up: https://public..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
eustatic "I guess i was the expert, having spotted sheens for 5 years. scott " | Read more » over 6 years ago
Georgina "Thanks for this guidance! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
liz "Hi Sophia, I had a chance to show Scott in person last week, and here's what he said: it's great use fullsize images link back to where the image..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
zengirl2 "Wow, these are scary pics and I'm so glad to hear about the success of this meeting. I hear you on the "using an expert" part. Zooniverse makes up ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
stevie "Hi there, great question. Bringing an answer over from @thegreencommunitygarden that was sent out on the main list: "Try the local cooperative exte..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
stevie "Hi! Went well, check out the post here: https://publiclab.org/notes/gilbert/10-13-2017/hurricane-harvey-industrial-impact-image-sorting " | Read more » over 6 years ago
zengirl2 "Let me know how this meetup worked out. I still have a location in Philly that could help with this as well once we get the flow down. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
stevie "Yes! We divided up and looked at images from the August 30th and 31st and the first flight of September 1st. Click the button in the top right hand..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
stevie "We're hosting an event using this workflow tonight at the Warehouse in New Orleans, 3014 Dauphine Street from 6-8! https://publiclab.org/notes/stev..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
sspatharioti "Thank you @warren ! At this stage, we are mainly interested in feedback from GRN about the task, but anyone is free to click on the link and try it..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Hi, @sspatharioti - this looks great; should people click the link above to try out the system? And are you looking for specific kinds of feedback,..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
marlokeno "Thanks! " | Read more » over 6 years ago