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Post 1: Why Crisis Mapping?

In April 2009, I was a responder during Tufts’ now infamous “Mass Casualty Incident.” To an outsider, this label might seem too melodramatic for a group of drunk college kids at an outdoor concert, but for responders to the chaos, “Mass” was no exaggeration.  We were faced with 33 patients in about 3 hours, and that number doesn’t address the police incidents that simultaneously ensued. I had been an EMT for about 2 weeks. I was sent alone to treat an unconscious person on a sidewalk.  Every ambulance unit in Medford and Somerville was pulled from the two towns to transport students from the event, and we received calls from local hospitals telling us that their Emergency Rooms could not accommodate any more patients.  Though the concerted effort of several pubic safety agencies … Read entire article »

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Miriam’s take on crisis mapping

I have been involved in social action and humanitarian aid in a variety of different forms over the years, searching for methods that are both meaningful to me and can have the greatest impact on others. Immediate crisis relief intrigues me – as a sociology major with a concentration in social inequalities and social change, a lot of my experience has been in studying and combating longer-standing issues such as poverty, economic inequality, and human rights abuses. The collection and integration of data after a about an area is an important process in working both with disaster relief and more elongated problems that I have never really thought about. I hope to learn the theoretical as well as practical concepts and skills of crisis mapping. Utilizing mapping technologies to study various … Read entire article »

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Why take a class on crisis mapping?

So, why am I interested in taking a course on Crisis mapping? It’s not something I knew a lot about from the get go-I had to Google the term when it first popped up in the course catalog. And even then, I was leery to say the least. My skills as a computer programmer are nonexistent, and the jargon filled summaries I read of the field made it seem useful in some aspects, but also esoteric and decidedly hands off. After the information session, however, my concerns were completely allayed by was what the course itself promised: to teach a skill. Rather than simply feeding us information, Crisis Mapping would be about learning a toolkit, and nurturing the organizational savvy to put it into action. Regardless of how difficult the computer … Read entire article »

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