Summary

GDCASmobile is a support platform for volunteers and crisis commanders in collecting and sharing situational awareness information. During and especially in the first phase after a major sudden-onset disaster, situation assessment is of high importance for crisis management. The solution supports this activity in establishing an additional open communication channel between the affected population and responder organizations. Using the mobile application, public unregistered users can enter short observation reports on damages, supply needs or available resources, which are collected and reviewed by a control team. The creator can categorize the report based on its topic and add information like geo-location, images, text and others. Special report templates can be predefined and adapted to the information needs for each topic category. Registered responders can publish these reports or add additional information, like evacuation points, shelter locations and others. Thereby, the tool aims at supporting two main target groups having different rights and roles: people concerned with disaster relief (e.g. Command and Control Center) and the (affected) population. In order to control the information flow and to enable quality management on the collected data, a central server interface manages a review process for each observation. Thereby, professionals and trusted informed reviewers can decide which information is accepted as valid and set the visibility for each target group.

"GDACSmobile" is linked to the "Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)". The initial delveopment was motivated together with the "Joint Research Center (JRC)" of the EU Commission.

Innovation stage
Crisis size
Crisis Cycle Phase
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