Urgent Evoke

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Crisis Networking - Act


Your ACT mission this week is to build your own real, working dark site.

An emergency dark site is a web site that sits, ready, but not seen, until activated.

It contains crucial information to help individuals thrive and survive during even the worst crises.

For a dark site to really be effective, it has to be prepared BEFORE crisis hits.

How do I design a dark site?
Find out what to put on your dark site with this online guide: The Emergency Dark Site Tool Kit. Even if you've never created a web site before, you can learn to prepare a simple dark site with this step-by-step guide.

What kind of emergency should I focus on?
Pick any crisis your part of the world might face -- a flu pandemic, an earthquake, a deadly heat wave, a food shortage, an oil crisis, riots or protests, a transportation crisis, or even an "all flights cancelled" crisis.

Research the emergency and determine what information and resources people might need during the crisis. Gather up as many tips and resources as you can. For example:

  • Tips for what to do, and what not to do
  • Emergency contact phone numbers
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Can I collaborate with others?
    Yes! It's your choice: Build your own site, or collaborate with other EVOKE agents to build a dark site together.

    Where can I build and host my dark site for free?
    If you have a Google account, you can use the free Google Sites platform. Simply follow this step-by-step guide: How to create a free Google Dark Site.
    HINT: After you click "Create a new site", search for the templates for "Public Health Emergency Template" or "All Hazards Emergency Template" for the easiest way to build your site.

    Your objective:

    Design your own emergency dark site, for any kind of potential future crisis. Post a screenshot photo of your site, and share a link in the photo description. If you work with a team to build your site, be sure that all team members post their own links and log their own evidence, in order to light up their mission rune.

    This objective is worth +100 courage.

Get credit for your evidence! After you submit your evidence in a blog post, photo or video, go to the newly posted evidence page and log your evidence for this objective. Then you'll receive credit on your profile page!


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Comment by Kevin Herzog on April 23, 2014 at 2:21am

My site would have all the countries around the world and every major storm, virus, war, anything that is dangerous happening around them on it. This would keep people informed and ready for something in case a pandemic were to happen.

Comment by Elizabeth Ordway on October 23, 2013 at 12:10am

my site would share all the necessary information and debunk all false reports.

Comment by Eric Connor Lieberman on December 14, 2012 at 12:25pm

My site would be like usabidi so it would be able to filter the out the bad information and leave the good information for emergency.

Comment by NaamaErez on December 14, 2012 at 2:57am

Mysite would deal with natural disatures, diseases, how you can help and some overall world news awareness. It would prepare for the worse but act for the best. Ultimately, it would notify people if something bad was going to happen BEFOR it happens.

Comment by Joshua Bennafield on December 12, 2012 at 11:20pm
My site would pertain to natural disasters and crisises around the world. The site will have to be authorized by someone who has access to the site. Joining this organization means doing all you can to re build countries, irradiate diseases, provide food for others, and ultimately make this world a better place. Also, there will be a solutions page that everyone can discuss on to see the best way to handle this disaster.
Comment by Elise Flanagan on December 10, 2012 at 1:52am

My site would deal with natural disasters but it would be open to only people who actually want to do something to help out and people that want to make a change. if it was open to everyone, then people would join just to post comments, talk to their friends, or post negative comments about something. My site would focus on saving people and also rebuilding things. It would also focus on informing people in advance so they can evacuate. there would also be evacuation teams to help get people to a safe place

Comment by Grant Reeder on December 9, 2012 at 9:55pm

My site would deal with today's disasters. Once you type it in you would see a map of the world with disaster details. One page would include how to deal with the disasters. Another would have disaster relief. Lastly, there would be a search bar at the top if you wanted to break the map down to just your community.

Comment by madalyn lieberman on December 9, 2012 at 3:24pm

My site would be very simple and easy to use. On it you can post what is happening in your commuity and give advise. On the site will also be tips on how to prepare for emergencys.

Comment by Arthur Sigfried Miltner on December 8, 2012 at 1:18am

My site would be simple and focus on one problem: what to do to get through a major blackout in a large city. Cities run on electricity, literally and figuratively, and are generally thrown into complete chaos. My site would exist to help fix/prevent these blackouts.

Comment by Mary Crawford Esslinger on December 7, 2012 at 2:47am

My site would be simmilar to instagram, but instead of liking a picture, you would donate to a picture. People would post pictures of problems in their life and every like is a dollar to their cause.

Comment by Peter Thomas Duncan on December 6, 2012 at 11:26pm
My site would mostly be like a Facebook or twitter style. You can discuss on other people's walls and all around what's going on. This could help people with the need of problems involving community's. by using this site, you can spread the word around about people's problems and actually help them in a secure way.
Comment by Christian Sutton on December 6, 2012 at 10:31pm

My website would tell everyone where to find a spare resource or cash in cae of emergencies.

Comment by Lauren Keen on December 6, 2012 at 10:12pm

I think my site would focas on hunger and only people who really care and want and will act on it will have access to the site. not everybody will have access because if everybody did then people who care for second can join and then not act on it.

Comment by Hal Olson on December 6, 2012 at 9:40pm

My website would be about how to deal with a devastating series of earthquakes. The biggest part of the site would be a page with a map of the city that the earthquakes hit that would show what had been destroyed, completely or partially. This would be able to show people which roads were blocked, if any bridges had fallen, etc. This map would also include all of the major red cross stations in the area. There would also be a platform for survivors to share tips with other survivors in a blog type setting.

Comment by Brian Adam Smith on December 6, 2012 at 2:35am

My website would tell everyone on how to renew every resource in the world. It will also tell people how to get those resources so we can live a better life.

Comment by Olivia Koenig on December 6, 2012 at 2:29am

My website would be kind of like a social network. Communication is vital and this website could help improve that aspect.

Comment by Brian Hill on December 6, 2012 at 1:05am

My website will tell them how they have to be resourceful and think smart. It will also include information on preliminary precautions as it will be activated during a disaster warning as well as during a crisis that there were no warnings for.

Comment by Anwar green on December 6, 2012 at 12:36am

my site will show how to help people and tell them to calm down and take care it will also tell people your always one step closer to success

Comment by Kennedy Suttle on December 5, 2012 at 3:22am
My site will have plenty of information about upcoming disasters and events that anyone could post but I will have to approve it so I know the information isn't fake. It will also show how to solve and have a solution for these problems and how to prepare for it.
Comment by Harris Cohen on December 5, 2012 at 3:05am

My website would include what do do if you feel sad one day. If you feel sad just look at yourself and think of all the things you have at your conveniance that others do not and if you are down right the saddest person in the world just say to yourself, " I'm still alive."

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