The Mobile Communications and Computer Augmentation Laboratory supports local libraries with training and enhanced communications and technology. The project improves community access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health preparedness and recovery planning. The equipment will augment community capabilities to provide just in time information for Health, preparedness, as well as disaster response. The laboratory augments a communitys capabilities by providing access to equipment, communications and introducing key NLM information resources for disaster response to the libraries in Virginia. We view the libraries as serving in a unique and qualified role in preparing for and responding to disaster with just in time information. The 95 communities of Virginia do not always have access to computers or wifi. This program enables a Humanity Road to partner with communities to augment their current technology routinely to assist them and help improve their personal readiness plans. Under this grant, Humanity Road will partner with the local libraries to deliver training services and provide access to the mobile laboratory on a periodic and on call basis. Humanity Road is an award winning top rated 501c3 nonprofit, recognized at the White House by the Department of Homeland Security for its contribution to disaster response and by the United Nations as one of the top 100 innovative humanitarian aid organizations in the world. This grant will launch the first deployable technology unit. It enables us to improve our training program and support the local communities in our region. Humanity Road provides assistance in planning and supporting disaster response exercises that involve social media, offers several training options for emergency responders on social media, and can provide training workshops.

Project Details

Organization Name

Humanity Road

Organization Type
Community-based organization
Project Lead

Catherine Graham

Start Date
May 1, 2019
End Date
April 30, 2020
Funding Amount
Emergency Preparedness and Response
General Public
Library or Information Professional