Standby Task Force Activation announced for Vanuatu / Pam

Activation for Vanuatu starts immediately

We have received an activation request from UN-OCHA via the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN). The Core Team believes this meets our activation criteria so we are activating the Standby Task Force immediately.

We really need your help now.

Please sign up for this deployment now (only Task Force members can apply but if you’d like to join the Standby Task Force please apply)

Our deployment

We have been asked to undertake two tasks:

Task 1:

Collect operational information into a Google Doc that captures information such as Assessments, relevant documents, relevant maps, response activities, funding info, etc which is similar to the work we undertook when Hurricane Yolanda hit the Philippines.

Task 2:

Search for tweets about the storm, identify pictures and videos of damage and flooding locate, verify and categorise the content.

We’ll be using AIDR, Micromappers and Verily for this.

We will need the full range of skills from across the network.

What you should do now.

1: Join the activation by signing up here. (Don’t worry if you haven’t got much time, every minute you can give will help in this situation).

2: Join the Skype Skype chat for this activation, someone will add you as soon as they can. Once there you will be able to see the links to the working documents for this activation.

3: Start helping the people of Vanuatu by monitoring and logging information to help responders on the ground.

This is what we are for

  • What we do is unique.
  • No-one else can or will do this work for Vanuatu.
  • This is the reason the Standby Task Force was created and it is why we volunteer.
  • But it will only happen if you, I and our fellow volunteers signup and join the deployment.

Good luck.

Just in case you missed it. This is the link to sign up for this deployment.


How long will this deployment last?

At this point we think the deployment will run from 22:00 UTC, Sunday, March 15 until 23:59 UTC, Friday, March 20

This is subject to change or extension as the situation develops

What technology will we use?

This deployment will use Google documents, Skype and the Micromappers platform.

You will need to be able to access skype text chats.

Which teams or volunteers is this deployment open to?

The deployment is open to all available SBTF members.

Media Monitoring team members are strongly encouraged to participate but we will need all skillsets.

Who are the leads for this deployment?

This deployment will be led by:

This is my first deployment, should I volunteer?

Please volunteer. We need as many people as possible.

If you have any questions please ask, by sending me, the deployment leads or anyone in the core team an email or asking in the Skype chat.

We’ve put some instructions on the google documents but we’re sure they could be improved. The only way we can improve them is if people ask us when things are not clear.

I’m not sure how much time I can commit, should I volunteer?

Please volunteer. We need as many people as possible. Even if you only add one piece of data you’ll be making a difference.

The Standby Task Force relies on hundreds of volunteers working together. Some of us will have more time than others. But if you have *any* time, please help.

Keep in touch

If you’ve got any questions, comments, suggestions then drop me or anyone in the core team an email or ask in the SBTF general chat room on Skype. or

Thanks, and I’m sure all our thoughts and hopes remain with the people of Vanuatu

Ben for the Core Team


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