The Standby Task Force has officially completed our Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) activation for Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby as of 10:30 UTC Wednesday December 10th, 2014.
We would like to convey our thanks to all our volunteers, partner organizations and the agencies that joined us in the collaborative Skype window. Every activation on which we engage provides an opportunity for service to disaster affected communities while also allowing us to identify the technologies and processes that work best in managing the flow of information in a large scale humanitarian response.
We have received the following notification from Catherine Lefebvre:
First of all, I would like to thank all the volunteers of the SBTF for their invaluable contribution over the past few days.
We are lucky that Hagupit made less damages than expected and that the emergency quickly scaled down. Now the situation is pretty much under control, we can de-activate the DHNetwork.
Many many thanks again for your contribution and assistance.
With kind regards,
Head of Information Management Unit
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Philippines
The maps produced by SBTF are available to view here. For information on our tools you can view this info-graphic to get an idea of what Mircomappers in Action looks like. Preliminary results from the Mircomappers platform are available on their website.
Thank you everyone for giving your time and sharing your skills to complete the activation request in such a timely and professional manner. We will be sending out a survey shortly to get your feedback on the activation. Keep an eye out for a blog post shortly detailing how much information and figures on the results of your efforts and how this information was provided to relief workers providing relief services to affected communities.
On behalf of the team at Standby Task Force, have a safe and happy Christmas [if you celebrate], enjoy the coming New Year celebration and we look forward to more collaboration in a hopefully much-less disaster prone 2015.