I'm including an email
I received from ActiveCaptain today. It includes reference to an online crowd sourced information page for Hurricane
Matthew damage to the waterways.
>>> Crowd-Sourcing's Finest Hour >>>
A decade of software
development. A million and a half dedicated users.
A community filled with technology savvy cruisers using some of the 600
different apps and websites available to view and enter data.
When a crisis strikes, government
resources are prioritized. With the
damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, the commercial
and military ports
have the major attention. Perhaps there will be surveying and reporting
of the waterways and the pathways we need to get through. But we can do
it ourselves. And we can do it better.
After the storm cleared, social media was alive with information,
pictures, and videos of the destruction. Before the sun came out after
the clouds cleared, data was already streaming into our databases. It
starts with marinas
, boat yards, and commercial facilities because
owners and managers can provide first-hand, confirmed information.
We soon realized that it was important to pull out the Matthew-related
information to assist all those boaters just now starting to move south
along the US ICW. Since we're underway ourselves, we felt the issues
firsthand - where is it safe to go? What facilities will be available?
Where is there fuel
? What inlets are safe to pass? Which bridges are
These and many more questions cannot be answered by any company or
group of individuals. But the community can answer them all. Together.
To better organize the hurricane data, we got together with Dockwa to
create a status and reporting page for all Hurricane Matthew
information. At first, it's filled with marina info. But the bridges,
inlets, and hazards are coming now as a few people start venturing out
and reporting their experiences. Hundreds of items were provided from
the ActiveCaptain database and Facebook group. Dockwa wrote to every
marina in the effected areas. If a marina didn't respond or didn't
receive the email
, they were called. They continue to be called as
power and communications
All new hazard comments are now being manually reviewed to join the
status page. They'll be part of ActiveCaptain but will also be pulled
out to create one Hurricane Matthew status page.
The status and reporting page can be found here:
Hurricane Matthew Marina Damage Reports
Bookmark that page if you're cruising the US east coast
Refer to it as part of your planning process.
If you have additional information, even if a facility is already
listed, add it to the report using the quick entry fields at the top.
Refresh the page if you have multiple items to enter. This includes a
status of "OK" if there was no damage and a marina is open for business
as normal. We need to know those places too.
- add your own data to the page or make sure the listed data is
correct. Update the information as it changes.
As you move along the waterway, write a comment on every hazard you pass
if there hasn't been an update since October 10th. Also add a new
comment if there is something else about the hazard that hasn't been
mentioned. Error on the side of providing more information - we'll edit
to keep the resulting knowledge base useful. Add new hazards on anything
that seems different from the charts.
Together, we'll get through this. Together, we'll all continue our
adventures in a safe way.
This is crowd-sourcing's finest hour.