Moore, Okla. and the surrounding area are still reeling after the impact of a 2 mile-wide tornado yesterday. As damage is assessed and the death and injury tolls remain uncertain, journalists are working to obtain and verify information for the public. Many of IRE's members have been there before and have passed on their knowledge. To aid reporters on the story who are unfamiliar with covering natural disasters and newsrooms looking for help in their coverage of the disaster, IRE has compiled several of its resources and external links that can help guide reporting in the aftermath of such ...Read more ...
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On Monday Congress approved $51 billion in disaster aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, three months after the storm that killed more than 130 people and caused billions in damage to the Atlantic coast.
Follow the money with IRE's coverage page, Hurricane Sandy: Covering the Aftermath
The spending was heavily debated and at a time sparked bipartisan anger over the inability of Congress to provide timely relief. In addition to a reluctance to add to federal debt, concerns about the bill from House Republicans centered on trying to make sure the money was actually being spent on emergency needs ...Read more ...
In the wake of a disaster, individuals and business owners are often left with severely damaged property. Many turn for help to the Small Business Administration, which approves low-interest loans to help rebuild. For declared disasters in 2011 alone, the Small Business Administration approved over $1 billion in loans.
NICAR has updated the SBA database of these loans, which is now current through Sept. 2012.
WHAT'S IN IT?
Disaster loans through the SBA are one of the primary forms of federal assistance for individuals and non-farm, private-sector businesses who have suffered losses. The data have information on the borrower ...
Google Crisis Response created this interactive map showing weather, emergency shelters and power authorities.
As the East cost braced for Hurricane Sandy, data journalists across the country were working in realtime to spread the news. We gathered some of the interesting interactive coverage and data visualizations we found from around the web. Have a suggestion for our list? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @IRE_NICAR.
- Timothy Barmann of the Providence Journal put together these maps and graphics tracking power outages in Rhode Island.
- Simon Rogers and John Burn-Murdoch created this interactive for The Guardian Data Blog showing ...
Collaborative watchdog group follows the funds for rebuilding
When a massive earthquake killed some 200,000 people and devastated Haiti, billions of aid dollars poured in from aroundthe globe. Groups such as “God’s Pit Crew” and “Drops of Hope”descended on the island, ostensibly to help people rebuild their lives.
Although many of us in Haiti had lost friends, family, homes and offices, a group of Haitian journalists banded together soon after thedisaster to follow the money to make sure it really was offering hope.
A student journalist questions a man about his son’s case of cholera at ...Read more ...