American Red Cross to host an Iconathon on Urban Disaster Preparedness

In honor of World Disaster Risk Reduction Day, our next Iconathon will take us to Washington, D.C., where we will collaboratively create a suite of symbols on the topic of Urban Disaster Preparedness with the experts from the Global Disaster Preparedness Center and the American Red Cross.  The icon set that will be developed will be used for any number of applications including mapping, websites and publications.  These icons will help the American Red Cross and the rest of the humanitarian community communicate important Disaster Preparedness ideas graphically.

The Iconathon will be hosted at the historic American Red Cross National Headquarters on Saturday, October 13th to coincide with the International Day for Disaster Reduction and the official launch of the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC).   Our speakers will include Ian O’Donnell – Senior Information Architect for the GDPC, Robert Banick – Geographic Information System Coordinator for the American Red Cross International Services, and Edward Boatman, co-founder and Creative Director of The Noun Project.

This event is free and open to the public, anyone is welcome to participate – no design skills required.  Space is limited and an RSVP is required to attend due to security reasons, since we’ll be just blocks away from the White House.

 

Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 13th
Time: 10am to 3pm
Location:
American Red Cross (Historic National Headquarters)
Board of Governors Hall
430 17th Street NW, Washington, DC20006
Please use 17th street entrance
Theme: Urban Disaster Preparedness
Speakers on Disaster Preparedness: Ian O’Donnell – Senior Information Architect, Global Disaster Preparedness Center, and Robert Banick – GIS Coordinator, International Services, American Red Cross
Speaker on Symbol Design & User Comprehension: Edward Boatman, co-founder and Creative Director of The Noun Project
Host: Global Disaster Preparedness Center and the American Red Cross
RSVP: Eventbrite

 

About the American Red Cross

Responding to the increased frequency of disasters, global climate change and urbanization, the American Red Cross works with communities to build resiliency to future disasters, from training local first responders to helping mitigate common hazards. In 2011, their disaster preparedness programs spanned more than 30 countries.

The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. Working together, they help respond to disasters, build safer communities, and educate future humanitarians. Each year, they reach millions across the globe.

 

About the Global Disaster Preparedness Center

The American Red Cross, together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, has established the GlobalDisasterPreparednessCenter—a resource hub on disaster preparedness oriented toward the Red Cross network that will support learning and knowledge sharing for disaster preparedness practitioners worldwide.

This new Center, which will launch on October 12th, will offer a range of new services and initiatives in the coming year, including 1) an interactive website aimed at offering analysis, tools, best practices  and other resources in disaster preparedness, 2) a research program that will fund a variety of studies that will build the evidence base for disaster preparedness, and 3) an array of options for tailored technical assistance.

Image of The American Red Cross National Headquarters by AgnosticPreachersKid at en.wikipedia
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