Super #TyphoonSoudelor creates havoc in Saipan

Saipan_typhoon_church Super Typhoon Soudelor made land fall on the island of Saipan, CNMI this past weekend, Aug 2 and 3, 2015. There is widespread debris, downed trees and island wide power outages. There were approximately 350 people displaced into shelters. Articles about the storm and its effect on the island are coming in from Huffington Post, Guam Pacific Daily News, New Zealand Herald and Stuff.co.nz. Surprisingly, Typhoon Soudelor got very little coverage in the Hawaii media. News directly from Saipan is very limited as well. Most tweets with #typhoonsoudelor seem to be from friends and relatives outside of Saipan sending their prayers and well wishes: This might be due to the fragile state of the island's Internet service. While I was there teaching a course on Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery, back in June 2015, Internet access was spotty at best in the classrooms where we conducted the training. Eventually the Commonwealth Utility Corporation will restore power and the Internet brought back online for Saipan. In the meantime, if you have any information or support services for the people of Saipan feel free to share it on this Facebook group called Saipan, CNMI Recovery Assistance. We found this tool was very useful when Hurricane Iselle impacted Hawaii Island. It is the least we can do to leverage the technology and hopefully help to quicken the recovery process.