Volunteers, we need your help! The needs of field teams responding to Cyclone Idai change every day as new information comes in about the disaster and the needs of the affected communities. This is a critical time in the lives of thousands, and we thank those volunteering to support them.

Kenya RC mapathon March 2019

Kenyan Red Cross Mapathon, March 2019

From Assessment to Task

Getting the right data for each of the various activities is important during a response. Teams have completed their initial assessment by obtaining aerial imagery. This was done partnership between IFRC, UNDAC, and Mapaction in support of the Government of Mozambique to get this out. A grid system was created to provide a systematic way to identify and prioritize risk areas for operational planning. We have population data, but are in need of road and building data to assist with the next stages of the emergency response. Colleagues at the British Red Cross reviewed the grid system and are working with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and Missing Maps to match the mapping requests by grids to convert into tasks for remote mappers.

In the coming days, tasks will be prioritized from the assessment for IFRC in these four geographic zones:

  • Greater Beira area and surrounding lowlands
  • Foot of mountains on Moz-Zim border where fast-flowing rivers fan out
  • Buzi river basin
  • Coastal areas

Assessment Cyclone Idai March 2019

Luke Caley, IFRC IM Lead detailing the Assessment

How we will use your contributions

The Surge Information Management teams work in the affected areas as well as remotely. IFRC uses the GO platform to the most up-to-date details about the response, including the appeal, the emergency needs assessment and key focal points. These folks create information products (maps, charts and other content) to assist operational decision-making and response activities. The data that you contribute is used in these items.

Updated maps are an integral part of the emergency response planning. Your mapping will be used by teams from across Missing Maps, IFRC and other humanitarian actors to deliver their responses. This includes the evolving cholera outbreak declared in Mozambique, which poses great risk of spreading to other people affected by the disaster.IFRC will use this content to support the Mozambique Red Cross (CVM) to deliver assistance to 200,000 people with a focus on the following areas of focus: Shelter, including Household Items (HHI); Health; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH); Livelihood and basic needs; Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) and National Society Capacity Strengthening.

How can you help?

Host a mapathon: organise some friends or colleagues to host a mapathon to support people affected by Idai. Find all the information on how to set up your mapathon here.
Map: you can learn to map very easily online, and start contributing on the HOT Tasking Manager
Validate: if you’re an experienced mapper, help us verify data quality by validating!
Spread the word: follow HOT on Twitter and Facebook and share our messages to encourage more mappers!
Ask us questions: we’re available to support you with any questions on these activities, please join us on the HOT Slack Channel and head to #mapper-support for assistance.

We aim to have good enough data to help guide the response. For everyone, validating the data You can learn more contributing this skill here. Thanks to the mapping community and OpenStretMap for their contributions.

Learn more about the IFRC response
See the IFRC GO platform for the most current response details

(Editors note: Content by Luke Caley, Jamie LeSueur, Paul Knight, Guido Pizzini, Munu Musori, and Heather Leson)
Photo Credit 1: Kenyan Red Cross Mapathon (Kenyan Red Cross, March 2019)
Photo Credit 2: Luke Caley, IM Lead on the Assessment (Jamie LeSueur, March 2019)