Step Zero: Some Background
Who is CrowdSource Rescue?
CrowdSource Rescue is a Houston-based non-profit that has helped rescue over 50,000 people by connecting them to nearby rescuers during natural disasters.
We assist volunteer groups, search-and-rescue (SAR) teams, and regular neighbors in assisting during the respone phase of natural disasters, by gathering rescue requests, hosting trainings, providing micro-grants, and various technological/communications assets, while working alongside various first responder agencies.
During disasters, we host the CrowdSource Rescue platform, in order to help guide rescuers and manage requests for assistance.
We are bunch of self-starters and go-getters; it takes a special sort of person to run head first into a hurricane! And we LOVE our role!
What is CSR not?
We are not a traditional disaster response group, instead we are primarily a supporting agency, that helps existing SAR teams or individuals do their work better.
We are not a replacement for 911, nor are we an emergency management agency. We do however work with them! We have close partnerships with several regional OEMs, the US Coast Guard, FEMA USAR, and a host of other first responder agencies!
Take Away: CrowdSource Rescue exists to help SAR teams/volunteers to rescue disaster-stricken residents. We do that by being "air-traffic-control" during disasters, and, as a remote volunteer, that's where YOU come in!