Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - By Ben Berkowitz - No comments
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - By Ben Berkowitz - No comments
After we alerted Bekah that she should certainly alert 911 if she felt in danger, another individual, Kate, chimed in to say that she had posted the report to other social media sites and had contacted Branford's Town Hall and others to spread the word.
Thanks to connected neighbors, Kate and Steve, and a responsive Fire Chief in Branford, Bekah was able to deliver her baby safely in the hospital. You guys are awesome!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - By Ben Berkowitz - No comments
Listen to the full radio broadcast on SeeClickFix's assistance in the Nemo storm response that aired yesterday on WNPR's Morning Edition: http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/wnpr/digging-out-seeclickfix
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - By Mike Cipressi - No comments
Sunday, February 10, 2013 - By Ben Berkowitz - No comments
Neighbors, Partners and Clients,
We have closed the SeeClickFix office tomorrow so that our team can focus on issues on the site related only to the storm effecting our community as well as helping out with shoveling and other forms of assistance in our own neighborhood.
The site of course will be live and we will be on call for any urgent needs. Partners and clients should feel free to call my cell phone at 203.415.6878 if you are having trouble reaching any of us.
You guys have been awesome this weekend responding to each other's concerns and you inspire us to keep up the hard work.
Thanks to all of the cities that are putting in so much hard work and overtime with limited resources during the storm.
If you want to sign-up for SeeClickFix to help neighbors nearby you can use this storm form: http://www.seeclickfix.com/registration/new/nemo
The SeeClickFix Team
- By Ben Berkowitz - No comments
Saturday, February 9, 2013 - By Ben Berkowitz - 1 comment
My father Jeremy passed of a heart attack this Summer. He 'went out like a bolt' as he had always said he wanted to go. Telling of the way he lived his life he passed just minutes after mowing his and a neighbor's lawn. I've been thinking about him a lot today. In reflecting on him and missing him (on a snow day when he would have built me an igloo as an eight year old boy before helping to shovel neighbor's out) I realize that the way he passed represents everything good that I like in people.
My father bent over backwards to help a neighbor out for even the smallest thing. When he live in Westville with my mom and when he lived alone on the water in Branford, CT. Whenever there was a neighborhood issue he was there to help. During Hurricane Irene he brought sump pumps and back-up generators from his shop to rescue his neighbors' homes from flooding. His neighbors describe the scene of him quickly moving from home to home assisting neighbors and giving direction to other panicked neighbors. He led my cubscouts troop when I was a kid and my sister's t-ball team. My father had a way of deeply and passionately attaching himself to the community where he put down roots. He was always to help and he was always there for a conversation because that's what made him happy.
I've been watching folks throughout the largest blizzard I've ever seen lend a hand to each other and it continues to touch me. I've never quite been able to pin down the root of my passion for what we do at SeeClickFix but today it is clear to me.
I may joke that it was too much Mr Roger's neighborhood that made me the way me the way I am but it would be a lie. It was dad and I there could never be too much of that.
I'm going to help some folks out today for my dad. You should too.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - By Zack Beatty - No comments
Communities across the Northeast are bracing for potentially historic Winter Storm Nemo, a blizzard predicted to dump up to 2 feet of snow in Boston and up to 10 inches in New York City. Current models predict this could match the New England blizzard of 1978. Yikes! With respect to the "be prepared" motto, we'd be remiss not to remind our users how SeeClickFix is being used to mitigate some of the effects, and improve the quality of life, in affected communities.
The power of decentralized peer networks is well documented, and SeeClickFix has figured prominently in the movement towards crowdsourced community data. In the aftermath of a snow storm, local governments have used SeeClickFix to identify locations of large snowbanks that need to be cleared. In similar fashion, publishers have used our web and mobile platform to identify locations of inaccessible newspaper boxes, blocked by snow and ice. One user described SeeClickFix as the ultimate snow storm tool, as it allows citizens to report the exact GPS location of unplowed roads and public spaces. As a result, local governments can be more efficient in their response, allocating plowing resources with crowdsourced data at hand.
In fact, we are already hearing today from client cities who are preparing to use our CRM dashboard to monitor incoming storm-related requests from their residents, commuters, business owners, and visitors. These cities and towns proactively use our civic mobile app platform as their official "311" service, encouraging residents to use our platform to communicate important non-emergency issues to them.
But we're aware that many of our loyal users live in communities that haven't yet boarded the #OpenGov train. So as not to put a financial hurdle in the way of potential quality of life improvements, we're waiving all license fees for any local government that wants to take advantage of our government dashboard, to aide their response during and after this storm. Contact us if you're interested.
In parallel to official government adoption, SeeClickFix serves as an important tool for keeping citizens connected with each other. On a daily basis, users post issues that are not requests or complaints addressed to their local government, but rather, ideas, calls to action, or requests for assistance addressed to their neighbors. In the case of this pending snowstorm, SeeClickFix is already being used to connect neighbors who need shoveling assistance, in particular the elderly, with neighbors who want to volunteer their labor. Journalist Erica Schlaikjer from EMBARQ used SeeClickFix to mobilize "snow helpers" in Washington D.C., to clear sidewalks & bus stops. Today, Boston web community Neighbors For Neighbors has organized a volunteer network of shovelers helping elderly & disabled neighbors get out from under the snow, powered by a SeeClickFix mapping & reporting widget. You can follow the latest requests for assistance at #SnowCrew on Twitter.
You can use the map widget below to make requests for storm-related assistance from neighbors, as well as to find people near you who are in need. Media outlets, please reach out if you want to embed a custom storm-related map on your website, geographically zoomed and centered on your exact distribution area.
Thanks for helping to keep your streets plowed, your neighbors' homes and vehicles accessible, and your neighborhood safe. Love thy neighbor? Definitely, but as we at SeeClickFix like to say, Love Thy Neighborhood. :)
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