Resiliency Maps project and OpenStreetMap - How open data and tools can save lives during a disaster
If you've lived through a major, natural disaster, you know that during the first few days you'll probably have to rely on a mental map, instead of using a smartphone as an extension of your brain. Where's the closest hospital with disaster care? What about shelters? Gas stations? And how many soft story buildings—with their propensity to collapse—will you have to zig-zag around to get there?
This project was intended to address these issues without all the normal tourist clutter. Their project page actually shows no maps to me but I did note that open source OpenStreetMap has a Humanitarian map style layer and this map layer s focused on resources useful for humanitarian organizations and citizens in general in emergency situations, highlighting POIs like water resources (water wells, manual pumps, fire hydrants...), light sources, public buildings, social buildings, roads quality, etc. The colors used are light, so people can print them and then draw and write on top of the map easily without getting confused too much (this is a useful feature for humanitarian organizations to update the information on the printed map in situations like an earthquake, for example).
|How open data and tools can save lives during a disaster
Learn how the Resiliency Maps project helps people navigate and build resilient communities.