Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Standby Task Force - Typhoon Yolanda

Dear SBTF Volunteers,

As you all know in response to Typhoon Yolanda, the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) has mobilized to support Palau and the Philippines. DHN have been contacted by United Nations Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, the Philippines Red Cross to assist in providing information management support.

Super Typhoon Yolanda made landfall early on Nov 8 in Guiuan municipality, Eastern Samar province, Eastern Visayas region. The storm hit with 150mph winds and gusts up to 170mph. Roads have been impacted in Region V and Region VIII. There is no cell phone signal in Regions VII and VIII as well as 4 municipalities in Northern Cebu. Storm surges and flash floods have been reported in Eastern Samar and Leyte, causing significant damage to buildings and houses, according to UN OCHA, and killing over 10,000, people according to early estimates. Strong winds and heavy rainfall have disrupted telecommunications, limiting information coming out of affected areas.

UN OCHA requested information on population displacement , affected community needs and International and National humanitarian support. The SBTF is currently filtering Yolanda tweets and images by relevance to disaster responders, using the Micromappers’ Clickers software, then geolocating and categorizing those tweets and images for use in the ESRI and GIScorps maps, and as raw data for the Statistics Without Borders analyses.

We are writing to you again to let you all know that the deployment will last until Sunday and that you are all invited to participate in this inspiring project!

Volunteers interested in working with the SBTF can find more information at http://blog.standbytaskforce.com/

The deployment page is here: http://standbytaskforce.ning.com/page/active-typhoon-yolanda

Here the Google Site with instructions on how to participate: https://sites.google.com/a/standbytaskforce.com/typhoon-yolanda-deployment/

The deployment leads are:
· Justine Mackinnon - justine@standbytaskforce.com, Skype: fidget01
· Melissa Elliot - melissa@standbytaskforce.com, Skype: mellomely
· Anahi Ayala Iacucci - anahi@standbytaskforce.com, Skype: anahiii

We really hope you will join us, in the same time, see some of the fantastic news coverage this deployment got in the media:
· [IRINnews] Micro-mapping Philippine’s typhoon disaster
· [Time] Struggling to Cope — Haiyan’s Aftermath: Live Blog
· [National Geographic] Scanning Social Media to Improve Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts
· [Examiner] Social Media is needed in Typhoon Haiyan recovery
· [UN OCHA] Philippines: Super Typhoon Haiyan makes landfall, UN and humanitarian community on high-alert

Onwards, one map at the time!

The SBTF Yolanda Activation Leads

Visit Standby Task Force at: http://standbytaskforce.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

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