Launching Disasters.Data.Gov to Empower First Responders and Survivors with Innovative Tools and Data. Some details from the website:
Strengthening our Nation’s resilience to disasters is a shared responsibility, with all community members contributing their unique skills and perspectives. Whether you’re a data steward who can unlock information and foster a culture of open data, an innovator who can help address disaster preparedness challenges, or a volunteer ready to join the “Innovation for Disasters” movement, we are excited for you to visit the new disasters.data.gov site, launching today.
First previewed at the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day, disasters.data.gov is designed to be a public resource to foster collaboration and the continual improvement of disaster-related open data, free tools, and new ways to empower first responders, survivors, and government officials with the information needed in the wake of a disaster.
Another take on the topic of disasters and data. While browsing the web re the new WH website, I turned up this article: What Startups Taught the White House During Disaster. It’s dated May 2013, but it is interesting to me.