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Old 10-03-2009, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara
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Hi,

I am a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Specialist. Basically, I make maps on the computer.

I know from the news the desperate situation they are living in Indonesia and Sumatra because of the earthquakes and tsunamis. The time to rescue victims is essential. I think having maps of the infrastructures (buildings, streets, etc) might be essential. I know there were GIS volunteers after 9/11 and Katrina.

So if anybody knows of an organization that needs GIS specialists to work from home (for free) making maps, please let me know. I would love to help.

Thanks in advance
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Old 10-04-2009, 02:55 AM
 
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Hi,

I am a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Specialist. Basically, I make maps on the computer.

I know from the news the desperate situation they are living in Indonesia and Sumatra because of the earthquakes and tsunamis. The time to rescue victims is essential. I think having maps of the infrastructures (buildings, streets, etc) might be essential. I know there were GIS volunteers after 9/11 and Katrina.

So if anybody knows of an organization that needs GIS specialists to work from home (for free) making maps, please let me know. I would love to help.

Thanks in advance
There are already emergency crews on the ground doing the real rescue work of digging out bodies and restoring transportation routes (fixing roads) and other infrastructure. For example, from Malaysia (where I live) the government has sent emergency response teams to assist.

I don't know which organisations could use a GIS specialist at this time, but your desire to help is commendable. If this is something that you are interested in doing, you should consider researching the US-based organisations involved in emergency rescue operations, volunteer to work for them, get some experience, and then when the next crisis occurs, you will be ready to assist. It is to the prepared to which goes the work. Rescue organisations are always preparing for the inevitable, i.e., not waiting until something happens.

Research the following (I am sure there are many more):
Red Cross
Red Crescent
World Vision

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Old 10-04-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara
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There are already emergency crews on the ground doing the real rescue work of digging out bodies and restoring transportation routes (fixing roads) and other infrastructure. For example, from Malaysia (where I live) the government has sent emergency response teams to assist.

I don't know which organisations could use a GIS specialist at this time, but your desire to help is commendable. If this is something that you are interested in doing, you should consider researching the US-based organisations involved in emergency rescue operations, volunteer to work for them, get some experience, and then when the next crisis occurs, you will be ready to assist. It is to the prepared to which goes the work. Rescue organisations are always preparing for the inevitable, i.e., not waiting until something happens.

Research the following (I am sure there are many more):
Red Cross
Red Crescent
World Vision
Thank you. This is really useful information and good advice.
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:42 PM
 
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Thank you. This is really useful information and good advice.
CNN has been advertising where you can go to volunteer. Go to this website; it has a list of organisations involved in relief work.

Impact Your World - Special Reports from CNN.com
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:24 PM
 
Location: AmCit in Philippines
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It's great that you want to get involved in a time of crisis. Unfortunately, that is when most organizations are least able to absorb unknown elements. They will be scrambling to get their own people in the right place for the next two weeks and only then will start thinking about longer term relief/development programming. None of that provides an opportunity to make use of your skills.

If you are in the US and are in a larger metropolitan area, you may want to sign up for the Red Cross' emergency skills program. They hold such courses, and it's a way to diversify your skills while also becoming known to an organization.

You can also send out your resume indicating clearly that you are interested in rapid response GIS mapping activities. You may end up on a roster that is used later. Additional organizations to consider are

Catholic Relief Services
CARE
Mercy Corps
Save the Children
UN-OCHA

That all, of course, is for future emergencies. If you're interested in getting involved in a current emergency, jump on a plane and go to the emergency site. Being in the right place at the right time is most of the battle.
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