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Yet another way we can help the communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda is to assist in monitoring aid and donations. Knowledge is power, especially when you can use these 8 online resources to stay on top of everything:
8. Urgent needs crisis map
This clickable interactive map lets users see not just which areas need help, but what kind of help they need.
This site connects volunteers and donors with people who post their needs.
6. Google Crisis Response Map
Another interactive map that lets people see the affected areas in different ways, including the extent of the damage as declared by the government and the locations of relief centers.
5. The Search Feature of Twitter and Facebook; Webstagram
That’s right: just use the search feature on Twitter and Facebook to find more information on the disaster, its aftermath, and relief efforts. For Instagram, you can use Webstagram (you’ll need to log in with your Instagram account).
While you can already search Twitter for tweets related to Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, TweetReach can help you determine which tweets on the topic are most popular. In other words, it can help you find the most popular information posted on the microblogging site and find ones that need action.
3. Social Mention
This search tool, normally used by online marketers, can be useful in finding mentions about the Typhoon on popular social networks like Facebook and even big online forums. Social Mention can even help you determine the “sentiment” behind each online post, letting you see at a glance whether what people are saying are positive or negative.
2. Google Alerts
You can set this email notification service to send you email alerts when new information about the Typhoon and its aftermath appears on the internet, based on the words or phrases you specify. Suggested words and phrases include: “Typhoon Haiyan” and “Typhoon Yolanda”.
1. Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH)
Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH) is the government's own online initiative to provide an accounting of the aid we’ve received from other countries and where it will go.