In case of a major sudden-onset , the application enables volunteers and commanders to share relevant information and, therefore, create a better situational awareness, which is crucial for situation and effective disaster .
The main goal of the is supported by establishing an additional open communication channel between the affected population and responder organizations. Public users, who do not to register and stay anonymous, can provide short reports on damages, supply needs or available resources, which are subsequently collected and reviewed by a control team. Special report templates can be predefined and adapted to the information needs of each category. The author can categorize the report according to its topic and provide additional information like geo-location, images etc.
Registered responders can validate and publish these reports or add supporting information (evacuation points, shelter locations and others). In order to control the information flow and to ensure 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 on the validity of the information and set the visibility for each target group.
GDACSmobile is linked to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS). The development was motivated together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the EU Commission.