Blogger Disaster Reponse Network
On March 11, 2011, the lives of thousands of people and animals were forever changed by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that pounded the coastline of Japan. While humanitarian groups rushed to the aid of the displaced persons, the lives of thousands of animals were left in the balance due to the destruction, the radiation contamination, and the forced evacuation by US military personnel.
World Vets, an organization that at that point had yet to coordinate an international disaster relief response, was the first animal relief organization on the ground in Japan, within 72 hours of the disaster. They provided much needed supplies, support to local veterinarians, and manpower to address the complicated issues that arose in the days and weeks following the disaster.
As a small organization that relies on social media to help get the word out about their work, the BlogPaws community felt compelled to help World Vets in their efforts. On March 17th, BlogPaws Be the Change for Pets launched the Paws for Japan Blog Hop, an awareness campaign that led to World Vets having their single most successful fundraising day in the history of the organization. The donations from that day allowed World Vets to continue their work in Japan beyond the initial days, help evacuated military families reunite with pets, and set up long term relationships with local rescue groups.
The grassroots efforts of a committed group of animal lovers was key to the success of the Paws for Japan effort. World Vets is proud to announce it is teaming up with the BlogPaws Be the Change for Pets community to create the Blogger Disaster Response Network, the first of its kind. Members of this voluntary organization will be the first to be notified of a global disaster response effort through World Vets, and given all the information they need to help spread the word about how people can help.
“I am continually reminded of the power of the pet blogging community. It is a truly potent force,” says Jessica Vogelsang, World Vets Media Spokesperson and BlogPaws Be the Change for Pets member. “To have the opportunity to create a network that will harness this power in the short timeframe demanded in a disaster situation is a truly unique opportunity, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that BlogPaws is going to be a part of this history making network.”
To be a part of the network, please fill out this form. Your email and information will only be used when World Vets needs to spread the word about an immediate event that needs attention. It is your choice whether you want to spread the word, post about it on your blog, put up the chip-in (if there is one) and/or share it through any of your social media channels.
You can always visit BlogPaws Be The Change For Pets for information and to sign up as well: http://blogp.ws/BDRNhm
Blog URL: Please write it out completely http://www.blogpaws.com (If you are a micro-blogger who focuses on either Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, etc., please put your profile page for that here.)
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