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Tufts Crisis Mapping Class » Disaster Management

UNICEF Conclusions

Originally in our project design, we assumed that our long-term goals would be implemented much later after the earthquake occurred, but foundation building would be useful if not effective soon after the crisis has occurred. In the simulation, many people were reporting that it wasn’t just food and water that they were lacking, it was money and something to occupy themselves with. If these people are internally displaced and the city has been ravaged, they don’t have anything to occupy themselves with. If we were to change our plan, we would likely dive into the foundation building in a shorter time frame than we had originally thought in order to limit the long term damage. We also have to take into consideration that our supplemental meal plan may not be as … Read entire article »

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Moroccan Red Crescent Team Final Post

Crisis mapping is an extremely new field. It is definitely not an exact science, and we learned that we needed to be extremely flexible with our crisis response plan. While we learned many things in class, it was obvious to us that no amount of information can prepare us for how crisis mapping functions in the field. As the Moroccan Red Crescent our original program was providing water and sanitation to Rabat and the surrounding areas immediately following the earthquake. We decided to provide these services while at the same time starting an education program to inform people about clean water and sanitation practices to make our efforts sustainable. The addition of new technology will not drastically change our initial approach to the crisis, but it will change the way … Read entire article »

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Ministry Health Final Post

As the Moroccan Ministry of Health, we realized that we had a unique set of considerations, as we were the only group situated in Morocco and were already familiar with the culture, customs and policies of the country. As the process of drafting a disaster response continued, we came to understand more about our specific role but initially could have a stronger sense of what it meant to be the Ministry of Health. Many of our assumptions and questions in the beginning phases of the class could have been answered if we understood the role of a ministry of health to a fuller extent, and that was something we should have taken into consideration sooner than we did. Initially, our group assumed that we would direct the entire relief effort in … Read entire article »

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Group Dynamics, Volunteer Management, and Crisis Mapping

Moroccan Red Crescent The inherent collaborative nature of crisis mapping and its reliance on a network of both professional and civilian workers has both its benefits and its challenges.  From our practical experiences working on class assignments and our crisis simulation, as well as from accounts drawn from the blogs of more established crisis mappers, we have quickly become familiar with the advantages, as well as the drawbacks, of a multi-member response team. One advantage of the cooperative nature of crisis mapping is the efficiency that results from the ability to mobilize a mass of volunteers, sometimes numbering in the tens of thousands, who can respond to crises immediately.  In his blog post, Patrick Meier describes this massive force: …in the wake of the Haiti earthquake…more than a thousand Creole-speaking volunteers in no … Read entire article »

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World Food Programme Crowd Map

World Food Programme – Blog Post 2 Crowd Map and SMS Information Rebecca Graffy, Vanessa Joch, Lucy Perkins, Eric Siegel http://tuftswfp.crowdmap.com/ Establishing a Crowd Map: For the first assignment since beginning work on the WFP’s response plan, our group did not meet in person to discuss the assignment and complete it together. We worked on the map remotely, discussing the process in an email thread. Each member of the team was made a super admin to divide up approval of text responsibilities. Team members added categories independently as they mapped. Whether to Map: The WFP’s goals of immediate food relief and long-term food security depend upon the ability to locate needy populations. The WFP needs to know where the IDPs are gathering, what they already have at their … Read entire article »

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UNICEF & Crowdmap

UNICEF Morocco: http://unicefclass.crowdmap.com/main In response to the devastating earthquake in Rabat, UNICEF Morocco has pledged its time and resources to citizens of the city. After receiving information from the UN SMS campaign, we decided to compile a map because it would help us to focus our efforts and be more effective in providing our partner NGOs throughout the city with necessary information. However, many of the difficulties we faced were due to our limited knowledge of the protocols aid workers are expected to follow. This was a highly important realization for our team: if crisis mappers reject certain information or suggest certain actions, there will be real world consequences. There is great potential for this online community to help, but without reflection and training, there is also much vulnerability to harmful mistakes. Some instances … Read entire article »

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CrowdMap and the MOH

As the Ministry of Health, we began mapping the reports that we received by setting up our Crowd Map online, giving it a reasonably simple name, centering it between Rabat and Sale, and then uploading the reports. Then, we added every member of our group as superadmins, set it to cluster reports, and activated the full screen map add-on. Before we began to approve reports, we spent a significant amount of time discussing which reports to map, and in the end decided to try and limit our mapped reports to issues that related directly to health needs. We defined these as reports that dealt with healthcare needs (critical and non-critical), medical supplies (needed/available), water, security threats, transportation, people movement, and feedback. We decided that transportation information was key to our response plan … Read entire article »

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Ministry of Health’s initial plan

PART 1: EVALUATION As our group members came together to form the Moroccan Ministry of Health (MOH), it was clear that each person had many ideas to contribute, which created a thoughtful and productive group dynamic. When approaching an assignment as the MOH, we each assigned specific topics to each member to research and then met together to discuss our findings. Not only did this provide us with multiple perspectives on the case study, but it also ensured that we were knowledgeable about the history and geography of Morocco, the health consequences of earthquakes and floods, and the response process of other areas that had gone through a similar disaster. We used this information to collectively create a basic response plan and complete the assigned tasks for that week. The biggest problem … Read entire article »

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