Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

(A60) Collection of Disaster Information in the Emergency Phase: An NGO View

  • Y. Takada (a1) and T. Ukai (a2)

Abstract

Background

In a disaster, the most important information for those in the international disaster response community is that about the exact place and scale. However, problems with communication networks and the complexity of the disaster information can make collection difficult. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs provides information about the situation in the affected country on its websites; Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Center (V-OSOCC), One Response (OR) and Relief Web (RW). The positive and negative characteristics of these websites are discussed from the viewpoint of a medical non-governmental organization (NGO).

Results

V-OSOCC is a platform for disaster response personnel in around the world. Disaster coordination information is shared interactively on a mimic board. This information is sent in E-mails and SMS in real time. OR is a collaborative interagency website, designed to enhance coordination of humanitarian responses within the cluster approach. Public documents such as situation and assessment reports, maps, meeting schedules, and contact lists can be viewed. RW provides a wide range of information, not only about disasters but also about humanitarian emergencies. However, this website does not provide information such as contact lists for direct use in relief work.

Discussion

These websites are considered from the viewpoint of a medical NGO. V-OSOCC can share information related to urban search and rescue in real time, but there is no coordination of medical teams. Thus, each medical team has to participate in health cluster meetings on site. OR is more convenient than V-OSOCC for health cluster members because it provides more detail, with updated situation and assessment reports and meeting schedules. However, such reports do not show needs at the community level. RW is suitable for institutions such as libraries, which generally collect academic information.

Conclusion

The websites discussed here are useful for collecting disaster information; however, they do not have information about community-level needs. Therefore, needs assessment has to be undertaken within affected communities.

    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      (A60) Collection of Disaster Information in the Emergency Phase: An NGO View
      Available formats
      ×

      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      (A60) Collection of Disaster Information in the Emergency Phase: An NGO View
      Available formats
      ×

      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      (A60) Collection of Disaster Information in the Emergency Phase: An NGO View
      Available formats
      ×

Copyright

(A60) Collection of Disaster Information in the Emergency Phase: An NGO View

  • Y. Takada (a1) and T. Ukai (a2)

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed.