The American Cancer Society did a huge amount of work helping cancer patients get back on track with treatment in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (Hear my podcast with a staff in Mid-South not long after the storm.) Devastated clinics, lost records, and many other problems were deterrents to the continuity badly needed by people under treatment. That’s an ongoing situation.
And to see how people organize and coordinate quickly in response to events like that, see Emergency Communities. Picked up this item from NetSquared’s blog. It seems to me there is unparalleled opportunity to get people involved in causes. The net adds a dimension we’ve never had before for quick response to citizen interest.