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Open sourcing the post-Irene Vermont flood relief effort

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2011

Rob Williams
HigherMind Mediaworks
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Two weeks ago, in the wake of tropical storm Irene’s devastating flooding in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, local residents organized a MRV Flood Relief initiative. What began as a self-organized volunteer effort to match needs and help offered in our communities, using telephone, handwritten posters, and a Mad-River-Valley-Hurricane-Irene Facebook page created by the Chamber of Commerce, quickly grew into a coordinated project based in downtown Waitsfield’s Masonic Lodge. Now, two weeks later, in an effort to more effectively provide daily coordination for ongoing flood relief efforts in 10 central Vermont towns, Mad River Valley flood relief headquarters has launched a new open source web site.

The site URL is

Open source web designer Teresa Langston, a Mad River Valley resident who runs a custom Drupal CMS Web 2.0 business called Net-Spin, volunteered to design the web site. The new open-source web site will more effectively allow for coordinating daily sharing of information about needed supplies, volunteers, and “work parties” for businesses and homes cleaning up after tropical storm Irene across 10 Mad River Valley town. The new web site cross-references and integrates information with the Facebook page, so Facebook-only users can continue to access flood relief information.

Both the Facebook page and the new web site site are open to public participation and will be managed by flood relief HQ coordination staff.

The HQ land line telephone number is # 802-496-6089.
The site URL is

And, as always, flood victims without telephone or Internet access, as well as willing relief volunteers, can walk into Flood Relief HQ to seek the information or support they need.

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