[Guest blog post by Gisli Olafsson, NetHope]
The IAEM, which has more than 5,000 members in 58 countries, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters. It is a great testament to the cross-organizational collaboration and the fantastic volunteer effort involved in making the Libya Crisis Map a reality that both the European Awards Committee and the Global Awards Committee awarded it the first place award for technology and innovation.
This effort could never have been achieved without the tireless effort of you, the members of theStand-by Volunteer Task Force who put endless hours of your time into providing the most comprehensive common operational picture ever available in any crisis. The emergency management and humanitarian community looks towards this great effort as an inspiration for how things can be done in future emergencies and we can expect this model to be utilized for future emergencies. The lessons learnt during the Libya Crisis Map effort have already been utilized to further improve the process.
The awards will be formally presented at the Emergency Management Expo & Conference 2011which takes place on 11-13th October 2011 in Munich, Germany.