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HOT Activation Updates

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Greetings HOT Activation Coordinators, and community,

 

Brief: Thank you for supporting HOT Disaster Relief efforts; join the AWG for other ways to help!

 

We have been now been Activated for three months straight with about a dozen separate incidents we have either coordinated or supported a local coordination effort. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has contributed either through mapping and validating, or especially in the often chaotic initial coordination efforts.

 

Here are some highlights:

  • We quickly mapped 18,000 buildings in Somalia so UNITAR could create estimates and maps for flood relief.
  • Supporting OSM Colombia, we Mapswipe-d a large area around the Hidroituango dam and about 150 dedicated mappers digitized about 50,000 buildings in the area most at risk of dam failure.
  • Mostly standing by and watching, we also created a project to help the local mappers get ahead of the eruption of Mount Kilauea in Hawaii, making about 60,000 changes to the map including the fissures and lava flows.
  • In Guatemala, the Fuego Volcano had a much more violent eruption and we activated to map over 17,000 structures around the volcano that were susceptible to lahar and landslide.
  • A much larger area was impacted by flooding in Sri Lanka, so far about 100,000 buildings have been traced and for longer-term recovery efforts, we still have more area to map.
  • In Japan we had first a major earthquake and CrisisMappers – Japan and OSM – Japan jumped into action mapping. By the end of June 1 million changes to the map had already been made. Then the country was hit by heavy rains causing major flooding, so we offered our support to the mapping efforts needed there. There continues to be recovery projects for Japan on the Tasking Manager.
  • When Ebola made a resurgence in the Democratic Republic of Congo in April-May, OpenStreetMap-RDC launched an effort along with local government and Médecins Sans Frontières to map the area. The incredible effort of about 850 mappers to digitize over 250,000 structures as well as thousands of kilometers of roads and waterways, quickly got the basemap of the area complete. Now there is a new outbreak, but we are prepared to support OSM-RDC again.
  • Also recently, we have had a few smaller responses; one to map villages in the Andes mountains for a volunteer team bringing supplies. Another dam failure, this time in Laos, also needed some mapping. Fortunately a lot of the area this time was Mapswiped and mapped before in the malaria elimination campaign.

 

I know that is a lot with not much detail, and I would like to do more to keep you informed. However, with as many responses as we have been handling, there is not a lot of time for writing emails, blogs, etc. We could really use more help, our coordination teams are made up of 10 “roles” but often it’s only a few of us doing a handful of roles each. Don’t know what you might be interested in, or interested in just one aspect of disaster coordination, that’s fine; head over to http://courses.hotosm.org/ - take the Activation Essentials course and see what role you might want to help with. If you’re interested in all of what we do in disaster, same thing – take essentials and the optional ‘assignment’ to join the Activation Working Group, mailing list and roster and we will plug you right in.

 

Thank you again for your dedication to disaster mapping with HOT,

=Russ

 

Russell Deffner

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OSM/Skype: russdeffner

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

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Community Working Group

Yes Pete, the HOT community list has been cc’d;

 

Please feel free to share, but forgive the typos, etc. – it was getting late. Especially I hope the Indonesia team will forgive me! HOT Indonesia is leading the response to the recent earthquake, tasks can be found here: http://tasks.openstreetmap.id/

 

All the best!

=Russ

 

From: Pete Masters <[hidden email]>
Sent: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 3:50 AM
To: Activation Working Group <[hidden email]>
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Subject: Re: [activation hotosm] HOT Activation Updates

 

Russ, this is a great update, thanks... And, kudos to everyone involved!

 

Do you share this with the general mailing list? (Just so you know, it has been shared in the Nigeria Youth Mappers Whatsapp)

 

Cheers,

 

Pete

 

On Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 10:49 PM <[hidden email]> wrote:

Greetings HOT Activation Coordinators, and community,

 

Brief: Thank you for supporting HOT Disaster Relief efforts; join the AWG for other ways to help!

 

We have been now been Activated for three months straight with about a dozen separate incidents we have either coordinated or supported a local coordination effort. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has contributed either through mapping and validating, or especially in the often chaotic initial coordination efforts.

 

Here are some highlights:

  • We quickly mapped 18,000 buildings in Somalia so UNITAR could create estimates and maps for flood relief.
  • Supporting OSM Colombia, we Mapswipe-d a large area around the Hidroituango dam and about 150 dedicated mappers digitized about 50,000 buildings in the area most at risk of dam failure.
  • Mostly standing by and watching, we also created a project to help the local mappers get ahead of the eruption of Mount Kilauea in Hawaii, making about 60,000 changes to the map including the fissures and lava flows.
  • In Guatemala, the Fuego Volcano had a much more violent eruption and we activated to map over 17,000 structures around the volcano that were susceptible to lahar and landslide.
  • A much larger area was impacted by flooding in Sri Lanka, so far about 100,000 buildings have been traced and for longer-term recovery efforts, we still have more area to map.
  • In Japan we had first a major earthquake and CrisisMappers – Japan and OSM – Japan jumped into action mapping. By the end of June 1 million changes to the map had already been made. Then the country was hit by heavy rains causing major flooding, so we offered our support to the mapping efforts needed there. There continues to be recovery projects for Japan on the Tasking Manager.
  • When Ebola made a resurgence in the Democratic Republic of Congo in April-May, OpenStreetMap-RDC launched an effort along with local government and Médecins Sans Frontières to map the area. The incredible effort of about 850 mappers to digitize over 250,000 structures as well as thousands of kilometers of roads and waterways, quickly got the basemap of the area complete. Now there is a new outbreak, but we are prepared to support OSM-RDC again.
  • Also recently, we have had a few smaller responses; one to map villages in the Andes mountains for a volunteer team bringing supplies. Another dam failure, this time in Laos, also needed some mapping. Fortunately a lot of the area this time was Mapswiped and mapped before in the malaria elimination campaign.

 

I know that is a lot with not much detail, and I would like to do more to keep you informed. However, with as many responses as we have been handling, there is not a lot of time for writing emails, blogs, etc. We could really use more help, our coordination teams are made up of 10 “roles” but often it’s only a few of us doing a handful of roles each. Don’t know what you might be interested in, or interested in just one aspect of disaster coordination, that’s fine; head over to http://courses.hotosm.org/ - take the Activation Essentials course and see what role you might want to help with. If you’re interested in all of what we do in disaster, same thing – take essentials and the optional ‘assignment’ to join the Activation Working Group, mailing list and roster and we will plug you right in.

 

Thank you again for your dedication to disaster mapping with HOT,

=Russ

 

Russell Deffner

Email: [hidden email]

OSM/Skype: russdeffner

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

Web | Wiki | Blog | Contact | Donate

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