In the wake of the catastrophic flooding in Pakistan, the U.S. State Department’s blog, DipNote, yesterday asked the public for ideas on “What Are Innovative Ways The International Community Can Respond To Natural Disasters”.
The post notes that Americans have been donating to Pakistan relief from their cell phones, by texting the word “SWAT” to the number 50555 as they did after the Haiti earthquake. The blog’s “Question of the Week” is what other new initiatives how the international community can help there and in future disasters.
It’s unclear whether this request will come up with any new “innovative” ideas that the State Department has not received through other channels, but it is good to see it reaching out directly to the public using the blog. If you would like to send in an idea to State, click here.