SBTF Activated through DHN for Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby

SBTF – Rappler Typhoon Hagupit Activation
December 5th 2014

The Standby Task Force is officially deploying in response to a Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) request from UN OCHA to assist with media monitoring and mapping for Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby), a super typhoon due to make landfall in the Philippines at 18:00 UTC on Saturday, December 6th.
We will use the Micromappers and Verily technologies provided by QCRI and collaborate on this deployment with the volunteers from Rappler in the Philippines.

Deployment timeframe: 10:00 UTC, Saturday, December 6th – 22:00 UTC, Wednesday, December 10th. .

Volunteers skills required:
If you have one or more of the skills listed below – please join us.
No experience required for volunteers to work on MicroMapper image and text clickers.
Experienced geo location skills for geo clickers.
Media monitoring skills for data mining.
Verification skills.
Translators’ skills.

STEP 1: Please sign up for the deployment here and indicate your availability:

STEP 2: We will add you to the Skype chat window for the deployment, Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) General Chat. Please check this Skype window for further instructions and link to the platform for the deployment.

Once the images are geolocated through the clickers – the information goes directly to the live ESRI map.

Deployment Leads:
Justine Mackinnon –
Per Aarvik –

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you very much for your time and we look forward to working with you!


Tropical Cyclone HAGUPIT-14 can have a high humanitarian impact based on the Maximum sustained wind speed and the affected population and their vulnerability.
Updated: this report is based on advisory number 18.
Tropical Cyclone Hurricane/Typhoon > 74 mph (maximum wind speed of 286 km/h)
from 01/12/2014 12:00 UTC to 05/12/2014 06:00 UTC
Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 14.8 million
Vulnerability: Medium
Extreme Rain
Potential rainfall is calculated based on rainfall observed by several microwave satellite sensors.
The image shows the total rainfall accumulation associated with the cyclone.
Storm surge
The maximum Storm surge height is 1.1m in Barceloneta, Philippines. This height is estimated for 07 Dec 2014 19:00:00.

Useful links: [] [GDACS] [Philippines Weather Agency]

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