PBwiki Aids Fire Relief Efforts in Southern California

October 26, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
San Bruno, Calif. – October 26, 2007 - PBwiki, Inc, the world’s largest provider of educational and business hosted wikis, is proud to be supporting the disaster management and recovery efforts in Southern California by offering free premium wikis to anyone affected by the fires. Wikis, of which the Wikipedia is the most famous example, are collaborative workspaces that let multiple people edit and share information. The same PBwiki services that are used by 1/3 of the Fortune 500 will be available for two weeks, at no cost, to all local residents, news organizations, disaster relief associations and companies with critical communication and collaboration needs.

KPBS, San Diego’s public radio station, has been using PBwiki to coordinate its live 24/7 coverage of the wildfires. This centralized communications tool proved critical in responding to the rapid pace of events, including the need to switch to an alternate radio transmitter when the fires burned through the power lines feeding its main transmitter. "The wiki has been a godsend," said Leng Caloh, Managing Online Editor for KPBS Public Broadcasting. "PBwiki has a great service and it's helping us to serve the public!"

PBwiki will provide free public or private wikis to help recovery organizations:

• Provide real time updates to internal staff members
• Collaborate with disaster recovery team members
• Prioritize and coordinate with disaster relief team members on the ground
• Upload videos and photos
• List emergency contacts and their status

PBwiki will provide free public or private wikis to help family members:

• Communicate and update all friends and family from one central location
• Post critical support services contact information
• Network with other neighbors affected by the fire

"Wikis are ideally suited to emergency communications because they allow anyone who knows any aspect of what is happening to contribute that information — and then others can correct it as conditions change," said David Stephenson, of Stephenson Strategies.

New wiki users involved in the disaster relief effort are asked to email fire-relief@pbwiki.com to receive immediate premium status for their wiki, as well as technical support.

About PBwiki, Inc.
PBwiki (www.pbwiki.com) is the world’s largest provider of hosted business wikis. We host over 300,000 wikis, serve millions of users per month, and 96% of business users would recommend PBwiki to a friend. Leading companies from AT&T to Wal-Mart, including 1/3 of the Fortune 500, choose PBwiki to help them with knowledge management, collaboration, project management, and a host of other business processes and workflows. PBwiki’s investors include Ron Conway and Mohr Davidow Ventures.

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