CrowdRelief - Crowdsourcing Disasters

The Worlds First Crowdsourced Disaster Rescue and Recovery Platform

CrowdRelief connects anyone affected by disaster with the resources needed to recover.

Created By
Cajun Navy Foundation

This project is being bootstrapped by a team of volunteers.

"What you're doing is very Dunkirian, and it's no less remarkable" ~ Neil Cavuto

CrowdRelief - Recover Faster


CrowdRelief brings survivors, local non-profits and neighbors together to help communities recover after a disaster.


After working numerous natural disasters since 2016, these are the features we know will help survivors recover the fastest.
  • A simplified 7 step plan to recovery
  • Connect with a nonprofit to find help
  • Complete a single comprehensive survey that you can share with nonprofits, friends and family, volunteers, businesses and FEMA
  • Share your recovery with Friends and Family to keep them engaged
  • Track your recovery and measure your progress
  • Find resources and funding through crowdfunding and crowdbuying directly for survivors


Each disaster offers survivors, citizens, non-profits and others the opportunities to work together.
  • Create a Non-Profit
  • Request Rescue
  • Rebuild a Home
  • Request Assistance
  • Request Supplies
  • Volunteer
  • Send Supplies
  • Donate
  • Track Recovery Progress

7 Stages of Recovery

We've divided disaster recovery into 7 distinct phases.
  1. Prepare
  2. Evacuate
  3. Shelter
  4. Transition
  5. Clean-up
  6. Rebuild
  7. Replenish


Just who is CrowdRelief for?
  • Survivors
  • Nonprofits
  • Volunteers
  • Friends and Family
  • Businesses


The Problem with the Red Cross and Other Outside Non-Profits

When a disaster strikes, the media creates enormous public interest through LIVE reporting of the event as it happens. This coverage drives much needed financial donations, which could be used to help people recover.

Millions in donations go into large non-profit organizations such as the Red Cross.

Once the event is over and the media leaves, the donations dry up, but the hard work of long term recovery is just beginning. Unfortunately, the Red Cross comes in and collects millions in donations and then before the work of rebuilding is done, they leave affected areas taking much needed funds which could be used for rebuild with them. This model is inefficient and has no long term interest in returning a community back to normal.

The way we respond to disasters has hardley changed since 1881, which is the year the Red Cross was founded. The current model, where large outside organizations show up and rescue and rebuild helpless citizens, is no longer the most efficient method of delivering relief, yet that is still the model the establishment wants us to use.

Since the invention of the internet, citizen expectations have far exeeded what the Red Cross, FEMA and other large monolithic organizations are able to deliver. Social media, mobile apps have empowered citizens in who new ways which threaten the Red Cross and the old establishment. Local citizens are no longer victims. Your neighbor with a mobile walkie talkie application like Zello can now compete with the authorities for providing rescue and relief services as witnessed by the emergence of the Cajun Navy, which was recognizeds at the 2018 State of the Union address. bring which can bring much needed efficiencies and organize the chaotic world, simply does not exist for the average citizen to utilize.

It's a digital world and it's time for a 21st century approach to disasters. CrowdRelief is a platform that brings the efficiency and instant communication provided by the internet to help people recover after a disaster.


This project is a marathon, not a sprint.

The first versions of CrowdRelief have developed by the founder of the Cajun Navy Foundation, Rob Gaudet. Rob has gotten us this far on his own by using his web development experience.

Pending Development Milestones

  1. Disaster Managment
  2. Seven Stages of Recovery
  3. Survivor Profiles
  4. Non-Profit Profiles
  5. Survivor Surveys
  6. CrowdBuying
  7. Collaborative Home Rebuilding

We are not asking for donations at this time. This project is being bootstrapped by a team of volunteers with their own time and money.

CrowdRelief Screen Shots

Choose a Disaster - Select the disaster you are working on.

Create a Rebuild Project - Collaborative non-profit home rebuild tools.

Share and Track Your Home Recovery - Survivors will never be forgotten again.

Create a Non-Profit - Non-Profits can create profile pages.

Create a Volunteer Profile - Volunteer profiles.

CrowdRelief for Survivors

Introducing CrowdRelief, a platform for survivors, non-profits and volunteers to better collaborate while rebuilding lives. Our founder first developed the idea after helping in Louisiana in 2016 during massive flooding. The concept for CrowdRelief was developed after Rob realized there was no platform for communities to collaborate on after a disaster.

This is our founder's first appearance on the Fox Business Network, Rob has invested a lot of time, effort and personal expertise as a system analyst and developer to bring CrowdRelief to fruitiion. Over the last few years, he has gained enormous domain knowledge about how citizens would like to engage during and after disasters.

Personalized Assistance
  • Red Cross and large outside nonprofits are inflexible and force citizens to fit into their model.
  • Motivated local citizens are loosely coordinated and much good will and skilled labor is wasted early on.
  • Survivors are bombarded with dozens of surveys to fill out for each organization that wants to engage with them.
Giving & Volunteerism
  • In the beginning of a disaster, the media drives enormous amounts of giving through financial donations, consumer goods, supply donations and volunteerism. However a person who volunteers has skillset that could be utilized a later date. For example, a plumber might volunteer early on but they end up just carrying water when a smart platform might encourage to volunteer their plumbing skills during a later stage when it is highly needed.
  • There’s no way to leverage the interest in a disaster so the giving and volunteer time is spread out through the course of a disaster.
Simple Roadmap for Recovery
  • Recovery process is chaotic and confusing.
  • Very little guidance or instructions.
  • Impossible to measure progress.
Technology Driven
  • Citizens are driven to collaborate during disasters, but there is no platform specifically designed to enable it.
  • Even though disasters need efficiency and collaboration, we’re still approaching disaster recovery the same way we did when the Red Cross was founded in 1881.
  • With technology, citizens are no longer victims waiting around to be rescued. We’re actively engaged in rescue and rebuild.
  • Survivors are required to repeat the same information over and over and are not in control of their data.
Remain Highly Visible
  • People Forget When Media Leaves
  • People forget and stop helping.
  • Red Cross is uncaring and monolithic.
  • Government solutions are impersonal.