As a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, I worked on a prototype Emergency Publishing Toolkit, to help communities gather, verify and share targeted information in the event of a crisis.
In the aftermath of a tornado, a hurricane, an earthquake or a shooting, communities have hyperlocal information needs, often in the midst of unstable infrastructure. The Emergency Publishing Toolkit contains guidelines on how to share information using everything from a Facebook group to a handwritten bulletins stuck to a wall using homemade glue.
The hope is that, whatever the situation, information will no longer be one of the casualties.
The toolkit will be designed as a small plastic box that can be delivered to communities, ideally ahead of the next disaster. Currently, I'm completing a working prototype for the US. The next stage will be user testing. A web-based version is also in the works.