During his time in New Orleans, Oliver found himself caught in Hurricane Isaac. As a result he decided to create a phone number that would read the latest emergency and disaster response information to callers.
In disaster and emergency situations, landlines and cell phones are an under-used but ubiquitous resource for distributing important information. 60 Second Scoop grabs the latest updates from a Twitter feed containing disaster response information and reads them to you.
Oliver collaborated with Earl Carlson to create the first deployable prototype of 60 Second Scoop. Call the number and you’ll hear a 60 second message containing information such as power outages, shelter updates, Red Cross stations, water and ice locations.