Critical Need! DHN Typhoon Pam in Vanuatu

Subject: DHN Typhoon Pam in Vanuatu –  Activation

March 16,  2014

GISCorps  is officially deploying remote volunteers in response to a Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) request from UN OCHA to assist with baseline and response data mapping for Typhoon Pam, a typhoon that devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on March 14, 2015.   GISCorps will be working on this task with MapAction (who are deploying to Vanuatu) and PeaceGeeks (who will be bringing in volunteers who are familiar with Vanuatu’s geography and language).

Softwares requested for this work include ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online,  and access to Skype and Google Drive documents. Volunteers are likely to also use additional tools such as Google Earth, Micromappers, and others.

Volunteer skills required (If you have one or more of the skills listed below – please join us):

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Online

Experienced geo-location skills

Media monitoring skills for data mining.

Verification skills.

GISCorps volunteers will be coordinating online via Skype and Google Drive.

Estimated deployment timeframe: Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March, 22.

STEP 1: Please sign up for the deployment here and indicate your availability:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bpFTSoyOgORJwvv4VQ2nejlQuNWtZYmM9kX7u8ePtio/edit?usp=sharing

STEP 2: We will add you to the Skype chat window for the deployment and share the Data Scramble Google Doc.  Please check the Skype window for further instructions and to obtain tasks.

Deployment Leads:

Helen Campbell (ACAPS) – helen_rcampbell@hotmail.com

Renee Black (PeaceGeeks) – renee@peacegeeks.org

Heather Milton (GISCorps) – hmilton@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you very much for your time and we look forward to working with you!

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31912305

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/03/16/wind-analysis-photos-chronicle-monster-cyclone-pams-devastation-in-vanuatu/

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/vanuatu-president-speaks-devastation-cyclone-pam-29659158

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanuatu

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