Lessons From Haiti Will Aid Chile

google chile relief apps

Earlier today Chile experienced a massive earthquake (you can see images of the damage on The BIg Picture). Now, just hours after the event online disaster relief sites are being spun up to aid the survivors. These are all variations on sites that were created to help Haiti survivors.

Google quickly sprang into action reusing many Haiti built-tools:

Crisis Response – This serves as a portal for all of Google’s efforts. From here you can donate to victims, track the news and view the latest maps.

Person Finder: Chile Earthquake – Built on Google’s AppEngine, this app aims to let people enter and retrieve information about people on the ground. It has an API and rich search functonality. News organizations agreed to update Google’s application in an attempt to create a central repository (to avoid the conflicting data issues that happened in the wake of Katrina).

Mapmaker Download – Google’s Mapmaker allows you to map the world from home. It then releases the data under licensing that enables NGOs and relief organizations to use it ( though many find the wording of the license quite confusing their data is actively used).

The Crisis Mappers have also reacted quickly. They have launched chile.ushahidi.com. IN Haiti the Ushahidi portal took in tens of thousands of text messages and plotted them on a map for NGOs and relief workers. The Crisis Mappers had teams working around the clock to convert the texts to english. The team is already working to set up shortcodes for the SMS service in Chile. Ushahidi uses Open Street Maps and will be relying on its network of volunteers to build out those maps.

I have written about how these disaster-relief applications were used in Haiti and the people behind them. We are now seeing the emergence of the disastertech platform. As Jesse Robbins says it a pattern of reuse. Each disaster will build upon the previous platforms.

If you want to help Donate, help out online, go to a CrisisCamp (there’s one happening in DC today) or spend some time working on the maps of Chile at Mapmaker or Open Street Map.

  • Chris Slagh

    Hi Brady,

    Very informative post! Social media is proving to be extremely effective in enhancing disaster relief efforts. The tough part, I think, is getting everyone on the same page. Coordinating interagency and international initiatives continually produces challenges that drastically hinder military and civilian capacities to provide relief. My question is whether social media can help us solve this problem–so far, to me, the results seem unpromising. However, in the general sense social media clearly have a great deal to offer to disaster relief, and it will be exciting to watch these technologies develop as social media continues to expand. If you’re interested, check out the post I wrote for a recently launched national security blog, securenation.org:

    How the Rise of Social Media Transformed Disaster Response in Haiti
    http://www.securenation.org/how-the-rise-of-social-media-transformed-disaster-response-in-haiti/

    Best regards –

    Chris

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    The tough part, I think, is getting everyone on the same page. Coordinating interagency and international initiatives continually produces challenges that drastically hinder military and civilian capacities to provide relief. My question is whether social media can help us solve this problem–so far, to me, the results seem unpromising. However, in the general sense social media clearly have a great deal to offer to disaster relief, and it will be exciting to watch these technologies develop as social media continues to expand. If you’re interested, check out the post I wrote for a recently launched national security blog, securenation.org:

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    No doubt there is a gap to be overcome but it is not only gap in this type of situation – humanitarian aid workers working along the NGOs, the military, individuals, differences in culture – all groups and networks have to overcome challenges.

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    No doubt there is a gap to be overcome but it is not only gap in this type of situation – humanitarian aid workers working along the NGOs, the military, individuals, differences in culture – all groups and networks have to overcome challenges.

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    Haiti’s local and national govt couldn’t find their asses with two hands and a search party.

    Even before the earthquake, that country was so corrupt and inept that they couldn’t make things work – even on a good day. The billions of dollars of foreign aid brought nothing to that country – no good roads, no running water, no electrical grid.

    Asking them to devise or enforce the most basic of building codes is like asking David Duke to join B’Nai Brith. It ain’t gonna happen.

    The sad part is that Haiti will likely rebuild in much the same way it was – and the next earthquake will shatter it to pieces.

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    The Crisis Mappers have also reacted quickly. They have launched chile.ushahidi.com. IN Haiti the Ushahidi portal took in tens of thousands of text messages and plotted them on a map for NGOs and relief workers. The Crisis Mappers had teams working around the clock to convert the texts to english. The team is already working to set up shortcodes for the SMS service in Chile. Ushahidi uses Open Street Maps and will be relying on its network of volunteers to build out those maps.

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    How do the earthquakes in Chile & Haiti compare? In this lesson, students perform a gallery walk to learn more about the earthquakes from a specific standpoint, & then do a specific research & presentation project or response activity. Finally, they seek answers to their lingering unanswered questions.