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The People and Philosophies of Crisis Cleanup

We are building a new kind of system. Who's in charge? You are.


Mission: To help voluntary relief organizations help more people by enabling collaborative disaster recovery.

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A New Philosophy For Disaster Relief

Mission: To optimize disaster recovery service delivery through decentralized collaboration.

Crisis Cleanup helps relief organizations help more people.

Crisis Cleanup is a collaborative disaster work order management platform. It improves coordination, decreases duplication of efforts, enhances efficiency, and improves the volunteer experience. Crisis Cleanup works best when a large number of voluntary organizations with a lot of volunteers, work together to help a large number of people over a wide area, all at the same time.

Crisis Cleanup helps with the "4Cs" of disaster recovery: Communication, Coordination, Collaboration, and Cooperation, as well as Competition. Crisis Cleanup does not create the "4Rs" of disaster recovery: Relationships, Resources, Roles, and Responsibilities. It cannot fix relationships, create resources, or dictate who does what.

Crisis Cleanup is for collaborative work order management; not volunteer, donations or case management. To protect clients, Crisis Cleanup is about property, not people.

Crisis Cleanup embraces and supports the interests of disaster survivors by providing transparent, collaborative, and privacy-enhancing open source technology to assist those who directly interact with and help survivors.

Crisis Cleanup is an open source project and operates through the fiduciary agent Crisis Cleanup, LLC based out of New Jersey. We are currently looking for a non-profit fiscal agent. Other organizations sponsor implementations of Crisis Cleanup in Australia, India, the Philippines, and elsewhere.

Foundational Philosophies:

  • The right way to do things is however it gets done, locally.
  • Technology should enhance, not replace, inter-organization relationships.
  • There is no pyramid, and you're not on top. Voluntary organizations are co-equal, sovereign and interdependent; no single organization is in charge.
  • Collaboration and communication should be not only convenient, but required.
  • There is no such thing as the “One App to Rule them All.” The system should not try to do things it was not intended to do.
  • The system tracks property, not people. Consequently, strict personal information minimization policies are in place.

Crisis Cleanup's real innovation is the ability to coordinate tens of thousands of volunteers from hundreds of organizations to thousands of sites after a disaster in a non-hierarchical collaborative environment. Crisis Cleanup proves that it is possible to create a near frictionless technological platform where inter-organization Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration is not only convenient, but required.

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The People of Crisis Cleanup

Aaron Titus

Aaron Titus
Executive Director

Andy Gimma

Andy Gimma
Developer & Project Manager

Zachary Straub

Zachary Straub
Designer

Dhruv Mehrotra

Dhruv Mehrotra
Developer

Mark Tregellas

Mark Tregellas
Manager (AU)

Chris Wood

Chris Wood
Developer

Jeremy Pack

Jeremy Pack
Developer

Bruce Christensen

Bruce Christensen
Developer

Major Supporters

We recognize Crisis Cleanup's financial and in-kind supporters with gratitude. Support does not necessarily imply endorsement. They include:

Other Contributors

Thanks to the 100,000+ volunteers who give life to Crisis Cleanup by helping their neighbors after disasters.

Thanks to Nicolas Zanghi who has redesigned the Crisis Cleanup interface for the IOM's implementation of Crisis Cleanup for the Philippines. Thanks also to Karissa Phelps who designed our map icons, Shekhar Sharma for use of a previous CSS template, and many other developers who have contributed to this project.