You can help update and improve the content of the site. A bit like Wikipedia, this a crowd-sourced site – but in this case the crowd is disaster preparedness practitioners of all types. You can add new text and topics, upload new resource materials, or rate and discuss material already uploaded on the site. If you see a gap or know of resources or examples that aren’t mentioned, please jump in and contribute.

Start a user profile and connect to other users

Visitors to the site can access any of the content on the site without logging in or creating a user profile. In order to add content, you will need to login. You can do this either by using an existing Facebook, Twitter, or American Red Cross account or by creating a new account on the GDPC site.

Once you are logged in, your user profile will allow you to indicate topics and countries you are interested in and connect with other users who have similar interests.

Start contributing

You have several options. You can:

(All site users)

(Site editors - contact the GDPC at gdpc@redcross.org if you want this role)

 

Add a new RESOURCE

Step 1

Click the Add a Resource button on either a topic of country profile page or in the Resource Library.

 

If you are not currently logged in, the site will prompt you to log in or to register if you are a new user.

Step 2Once the entry form for the new resource appears, include:
  • the Title
  • the Resource Type
  • a short Description of the resource
  • the Language of the resource, especially if not English
  • the Tags (keywords) that you think are most relevant for the resource
  • related Topics, Hazards, and Countries for the resource
  • relevant Links (if available). To add additional links, simply click the Add another item
Step 3

In the text boxes you can use the toolbar to access Word-type editing features. To paste text from Word or other files, it is often best to use the Paste as buttons:

Step 4Once you are done, just scroll to the bottom and click Save.

 

Add a new EXAMPLE

Examples (which could also be lessons or case studies) on the PrepareCenter.org site are really just special kinds of resources.

Step 1

Click the Add a Resource button on either a topic of country profile page or in the Resource Library.

If you are not currently logged in, the site will prompt you to log in or to register if you are a new user.

Step 2Once the entry form for the new resource appears, include:
  • the Title
  • the Resource Type
  • a short Description of the resource
  • the Language of the resource, especially if not English
  • the Tags (keywords) that you think are most relevant for the resource
  • related Topics, Hazards, and Countries for the resource
  • relevant Links (if available). To add additional links, simply click the Add another item
Step 3

In the text boxes you can use the toolbar to access Word-type editing features. To paste text from Word or other files, it is often best to use the Paste as buttons:

Step 4

There is also a check box for Is lesson? that you should check to mark for the site that this is an example.

Step 5Once you are done, just scroll to the bottom and click Save.

 

Make a COMMENT

Step 1

To comment on an existing page or resource, either click Add a Comment in the I would like to CONTRIBUTE box at the top of the page

 

or scroll down to the Comments section on any page.

If you are not currently logged in, the site will prompt you to log in or to register if you are a new user.

Step 2Once you are done, just scroll to the bottom and click Save.

 

CONNECT with fellow practitioners

Connect with peers interested in the same topics, issues, and countries.

Option 1

In the Who to CONTACT portion of some of the Topics and Hazard pages, you can see links to a Topic editor(s).

You can follow-up with these contacts either on the site or offline to learn and discuss more about the topic. Examples on these pages may also mention contact information about that example.

Option 2In the future, the Who to CONTACT portion of the Topics and Hazard pages will also show links to the profiles of others interested in that Topic, Hazard, or Country. So update this information in your profile if you want others to be able to contact you about your particular areas of interest.
Option 3

Ask a question or make a request to the community. To do this, click on the Ask the Community button and file in the form that appears.

Once you are done, just scroll to the bottom and click Save.

To see existing requests to the community, simple go the Ask Community section of the site.

 

Make a SUGGESTION about the site

Step 1If you have questions about contributing to the site that you would like to ask off-line, please contact Ian O’Donnell or Jamie Liebentritt at gdpc@redcross.org. All interest welcome.

 

Add a new TOPIC

Step 1Navigate to the Topics landing page.
Step 2

Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Add a Topic.

If you have editing access but do not see these options, make sure that you are logged in. If you don't yet have editing access but would like it, please contact the GDPC at gdpc@redcross.org.

Step 3

This will bring up the editing view. In the text boxes you can use the toolbar to access Word-type editing features. Be sure to include:

  • the Title (Required)
  • a short description of the topic for the Overview section (Required)
  • further background about the topic for the Basics section (Required, although this can just be short placeholder text that you can comeback and edit later)
  • information on steps for stakeholders to take

    Choose a stakeholder from the Stakeholder scrolldown list and fill in the relevant Information. To add a new Stakeholder, click the Addd another item button just below this section.

  • link to a Parent topic if that is appropriate
  • a Content owner if that is appropriate
Step 3

In the text boxes you can use the toolbar to access Word-type editing features. To paste text from Word or other files, it is often best to use the Paste as buttons:

Step 4

Once you are done, just scroll to the bottom. If you want to save the Topic in draft form to keep working on it, make sure the Moderation state scrolldown at the bottom of the page is set to Draft. If you want to go ahead and publish the Topic, make sure the Moderation state scrolldown at the bottom of the page is set to Published.

Step 5Now scroll to the bottom and click Save.
Alternative optionIf you want, you can always just send the GDPC text by e-mail to gdpc@redcross.org and we can post it on the site.

 

Edit an existing TOPIC

Step 1Navigate to the Topic, Country pages, and Hazard page of interest.
Step 2

Choose New Draft or Edit Draft to bring up the editing view. 

 or 

If you have editing access but do not see these options, make sure that you are logged in. If you don't yet have editing access but would like it, please contact the GDPC at gdpc@redcross.org.

Step 3

In the text boxes you can use the toolbar to access Word-type editing features. To paste text from Word or other files, it is often best to use the Paste as buttons:

Step 4

Once you are done, just scroll to the bottom. If you want to save the Topic in draft form to keep working on it, make sure the Moderation state scrolldown at the bottom of the page is set to Draft. If you want to go ahead and publish the Topic, make sure the Moderation state scrolldown at the bottom of the page is set to Published.

Step 5Now scroll to the bottom and click Save.
Alternative optionIf you want, you can always just send the GDPC text by e-mail to gdpc@redcross.org and we can post it on the site.

 

Edit an existing RESOURCE or EXAMPLE

Step 1Navigate to the Resource or Example of interest.
Step 2

Choose Edit to bring up the editing view. 

If you have editing access but do not see these options, make sure that you are logged in. If you don't yet have editing access but would like it, please contact the GDPC at gdpc@redcross.org.

Step 3

In the text boxes you can use the toolbar to access Word-type editing features. To paste text from Word or other files, it is often best to use the Paste as buttons:

Step 4Once you are done, just scroll to the bottom and click Save.
Alternative optionIf you want, you can always just send the GDPC a description and link to the resource by e-mail to gdpc@redcross.org and we can post it on the site. Please include suggestions for keywords and a short description of the resource.