CrisisCommons, along with our friends in the greater volunteer technology community, stands ready to provide opportunities to volunteers of all skills levels to contribute to support requests made by crisis response agencies such as UN OCHA, Red Cross or local emergency management in support of their response and recovery efforts to response to 2011 Sendai earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that has affected countries across the Pacific region.
CrisisCommons continues to monitor efforts in the region as well as supporting an information gathering request from the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Coordination Agency to provide additional sources to their Common Operational Datasets (see page 5 for categories). Volunteers from across the world have been collaborating via a public Skype chat to input data feeds and information into Country Profiles throughout the day. This evening, CrisisCamp Silicon Valley hosted a gathering to contribute to monitoring efforts. We anticipate for the next 24 hours, CrisisCommons will continue its effort to support the UN OCHA request and provide data collected back to the public via the CrisisCommons Wiki.
There are additional technology volunteer efforts underway such as the Ushahidi map supported locally in Japan. Additionally, agencies and organizations encouraged information sharing such as the International Red Cross is encouraging the use of Family Links system and Google launched their Japanese version of Person Finder (English & Japanese), an open database allowing users to search for missing persons online, or submit information about people who are injured or are missing.
Since the earthquake, over 75 technology volunteers have signed up to volunteer from countries including Canada, India, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taipei, Syria, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile, Figi and the United States. We want to THANK all the great people who volunteered their time today and/or worked with us closely to support our efforts.Today’s core team of volunteers contributed hours and hour of their time to this monitoring and information gathering effort included:
Diggz, Dave Leng, Pascal Schuback, Richard Clark, Nigel McNie, Gisili Olafsson (NetHope), Heather Leson, Deborah Shaddon, Chad Catacchio, Demelz Woolston, Ajay Kumar, Andrew Hague, Jeannie Stamberger, Aaron McGowan, Matt Lucas, Hayato Clearwater, Alex Rose, Catherine Graham, Andrej Verity (UN OCHA), Luke, Justine Sanderson, Noiran Shirley, Aaron Wislang, Luis Hernardo Aguilar (UN OCHA), Richardo, Anthony Baxter, Ted Han, Anhai Iacucci, Katherine Came, Monika Adamczyk, Natalie Casetti, Walid Nasri, Willow Brugh, Justin Isbell, Dan York, Julie Wolf, Pedro Pablo Fuentes Schuster, Eddie, Chicando, Samantha Bear, Spike, Jen Ziemke, Seba Gonzalez, Sential Prakash Chinnachamy, H.E.L.P., Barry Radford, Christiaan Adams (Google Crisis Response), Todd Lewis, Kate Starbird (University of Colorado), Makoto Inoue, Om, Ibrahim Oyekanmi, Patrick Svenburg (Microsoft), Claire Bonilla (Microsoft), Suzanne Frew (Pacific Disaster Center), Lara Barfield, Nate DiNiro, Ellen Feig, Hayato Clearwater, Jeremy Johnstone (Yahoo/RHoK), Nils Hitze, Sara Farmer, Tim Schwartz, MacGenio, Alexa Masucci, Laise Bale, Richard Edon Barber, Matthias Glastra, Britta Ricker Peters, Carolyn, David Black, Jon Nystrom, Ian Lane, Abhinav Jauhri, Craig Hokanson, Sumathi Lingappa, Leesa Astredo, Donne Lee Weber, Leesa Astredo, Christina Kraich-Rogers, Jike Chong, Sumathi Lingappa and Christopher Peri. Thanks to everyone for your help today!
For more information on how you can volunteer to help on March 12 just sign up!