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Emergency Response (Multiple Partners)

Crisis Overview

When disasters occur, humanitarian responders lack information about critical issues that would help them to make better decisions to help the most affected populations, while citizens also often lack access to critical infrastructure and services, such as medical care and water, which can mean the difference between life and death. They also lack access to critical information updates due to disruptions in power, internet, phone services and other infrastructure.

Our Impact

PeaceGeeks Emergency Response Team activates upon request by our partners, the Digital Humanitarians Network and by coordinating organizations such as the Red Cross and UN High Commission for Refugees. Our stand-by team of developers, ICT experts, social media gurus, GIS experts, translators and web researchers help to monitor disasters online and respond to a variety of requests.

Completed Projects
Mar 31, 2015
Oct 23, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
Apr 12, 2015
Deliverables Summary
  • Social media monitoring
  • Crowdmapping 
  • ICT set-up
  • App Development
  • Mobile and web app tool set-up
  • GIS projects

PeaceGeeks Contributors

Shannon Cox Emergency Response Team Lead

Contact for more information or to get involved.

GIS and International Emergency Response

There's a growing trend of digital volunteerism using geographical information systems (GIS) that are emerging during times of crisis. When disaster strikes, emergency responders and aid organizations on the ground can be left without any information. This can also includes knowledge of infrastructure needed to effectively respond to the disaster. Digital volunteers, however, have the information, technologies and technical skills to assess the status of an emergency remotely.

Digital responders are tasked with the acquisition, verification, summarization and geolocation of data including: the categorization of social media posts and photos to indicate which areas and individuals have been affected; the location of emergency shelters and health facilities to direct those in need; and even the mapping of basic road network infrastructure to assist aid workers in accessing affected areas. GIS technologies such as Esri's Web mapping technologies play an invaluable role in reacting to these emergencies around the world.

Jul 20, 2015
Category: Technology
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