Friday, September 02, 2005

Instructions for photographing and documenting hurricane victims

(please circulate widely)

Hi everyone,

For those of you willing to volunteer and photograph evacuees or collect
photos of the missing from bulletin boards and websites, here are some

If you have a account, upload photos and tag them either as:

katrinamissing for missing persons;
katrinafound for found persons that were previously missing; or
katrinaokay for all evacuees you encounter so their status can be recorded

No matter their status, please include a second tag: katrinapeople. That
way we can have a running list of all people encountered.

If you are using a cameraphone to take pictures of people at a shelter,
or if you don't have a flickr account, you can use these email addresses
to upload them. Each email address is set up to include the appropriate
tags automatically.

For Katrina Missing People:

For Katrina Found People (people previously reported missing):

For Katrina Okay People (ie, people who want to let others know they're
okay, includes evacuee you can find in person):

Collecting Photos and Data

When taking photos, please try to get a head and shoulder in the best
lighting available so people can make out their features in the photograph.

When collecting information from them, please try to get this minimal
amount for all three categories:

Full name, including first, middle, last
Permanent address
Current location
Contact information (shelter phone/email/fax, etc)
Full names and descriptions of people they are looking for

Meanwhile, when collecting information about missing people from
bulletin boards, the Web or from personal requests from their
friends/family, try to collect additional information:

Physical Description
Where were they last scene and when?
What were they wearing?
Contact information of anyone looking for them

Note: If you find children that are separated from parents/guardians,
include as much physical descriptive information as you can, as if they
were missing.

How to access photos

The public will be able to access the photos on, and
hopefully, other databases.

Found People:

Missing People:

Okay People:

For those of you who use RSS, each one of these has a corresponding RSS

Found People RSS

Missing People RSS

Okay People RSS

Lastly, I've set up javascripts that you can insert on any webpage to
display the images as they're posted to Flickr.

Found People Javascript:

<script type="text/javascript"
href="">Click for
&quot;Flickr: Katrina Found&quot;.</a> By <a
href="">Feed Digest</a></noscript></script>

Missing People Javascript:

<script type="text/javascript"
href="">Click for
&quot;Flickr: Katrina Missing&quot;.</a> By <a
href="">Feed Digest</a></noscript></script>

Okay People Javascript:

<script type="text/javascript"
href="">Click for
&quot;Flickr: Katrina Okay People&quot;.</a> By <a
href="">Feed Digest</a></noscript></script>

I'll set up pages on to display all of
these photo feeds.

Hopefully this is enough to get volunteers started. So if you have any
type of access to an evacuee shelter and a digital camera, please help out.

Special thanks to Lars Torres and Katrin Verclas for helping to get this
organized. -andy