Update #1 on Vanuatu (second deployment) and call for volunteers

This is an update on our current activation to undertake housing damage assessments in Vanuatu.

The situation at 1900 UTC 6 April 2015

We were activated yesterday 5 April 2015 at the request of the World Bank and the government of Vanuatu.

Our task is to use the MicroMappers platform to analyse images taken from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

We aren’t able to publicly confirm figures yet but the initial response has been really impressive.

Images are uploaded in batches. Once all the images in one batch have been processed, there is a delay before the next batch is uploaded. We know this can be frustrating but we hope you understand.

Sign up now

There is still a need for more volunteers. All you need to do is to sign up at MicroMappers http://micromappers.org/

Keep in touch

Volunteers who were part of the first Vanuatu deployment have been using that chat room to keep in touch during this deployment.

If you’d like to be added to that chat just ask in the general chat room or contact one of the leads for this deployment.

  • Justine Mackinnon – justine@standbytaskforce.com  Skype: fidget01
  • Joyce Monsees – joyce@standbytaskforce.com  Skype: joyce.monsees
  • Peter Monsur – peter@standbytaskforce.com  Skype: pjmosur
  • Stuart Costello – stuart@standbytaskforce.com, Skype: stuart.costello5
  • Ben Proctor – ben@standbytaskforce.com, Skype: likeaword

Situation in Vanuatu

Towards the end of March, UN-OCHA issued a Flash Appeal asking donors $29.9m. 166,600 people have been affected, 75,000 people are in need of shelter and 110,000 people are without access to clean drinking water. http://reliefweb.int/report/vanuatu/flash-appeal-emergency-response-plan-vanuatu-tropical-cyclone-pam-march-june-2015

The humanitarian response has geared up significantly since our first deployment, Simon B Johnson from the British Red Cross built this handy interactive tool to show who is responding and what they are focused on. http://simonbjohnson.github.io/cyclone-pam-3w/


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