Disaster Response


So what exactly is DisasterMap.net?

Here at DisasterMap.net, our objective is “to provide our users with near complete situational awareness in real time as disaster events unfold.”  I’ve been told by more than one MBA that this objective is complicated and hard to understand.  Another way to put it is that DisasterMap.net is a web based information system that allows you to track…


Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward?

My last blog addressed a question that I’ve gotten the most over the last decade: how many people died because of Hurricane Katrina impacts in Louisiana? This blog post deals with the next most common question that I get: Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward? Typically, the person asking, whether…


Hashtag Standards for Emergencies ~OCHA Policy and Studies Series

This paper was written by Roxanne Moore and Abdrej Verity, and was made possible with the advice and support of Patrick Meier and Sarah Vieweg, from Qatar Computing Reserch Institue (QCRI). As part of the ongoing close collaboration between OCHA and QCRI, regular conversations on how to improve crisis computing have taken place over the…