Sahana Software Foundation Overview Brief - Long


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Sahana Software Foundation Overview Brief - Long

  1. 1. Making Chaos Manageable “No innovation matters more than that which saves lives” Avelino J. Cruz, Jr., Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines on the use of Sahana following disastrous mudslides in 2005
  2. 2. Sahana Software Foundation ☀ Established in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization ☀ Mission: To save lives by providing information management solutions that enable organizations and communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters. ☀ SSF develops free and open source software that solves concrete problems and brings efficiencies to disaster response coordination between governments, aid organizations, civil society and disaster survivors.
  3. 3. The Historic Trigger: 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake & Tsunami ☀ At least 226,000 dead ☀ Up to 5 million people lost their homes, or access to food and water ☀ 1 million people left without a means to make a living ☀ At least $7.5 billion in the cost of damages “Facts and Figures: Asian Tsunami Disaster” New Scientist, 20 January 2005
  4. 4. Sahana first deployed for Sri Lanka tsunami response
  5. 5. Disaster Experience ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● 2013: Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda 2012: Hurricane Sandy, Chile Wildfires 2011: Joplin Tornado, Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami, Christchurch Earthquake, Colombia Floods 2010: Venezuela Floods, Veracruz Hurricane, Pakistan Floods, Chile Earthquake, Haiti Earthquake 2008: Chengdu-Sitzuan Earthquake, Cyclone Nargis (Myanmar), Bihar Flooding (India) 2007: Ica Earthquake (Peru), Cyclone Sidr 2006: Yogjakarta Earthquake, 2005: Philippine Landslides, Kashmir Earthquake 2004: Indian Ocean Earthquake & Tsunami
  6. 6. Sahana leading the “New Information Environment” New information and communication technologies, new information providers, and new international communities of interest emerged during the Haiti earthquake response that will forever change how humanitarian information is collected, shared, and managed. Humanitarian responders used social networking media, mobile phone text messaging, open source software applications, and commercial satellite imagery more than ever before. Outside of the established international humanitarian community, volunteers and participatory reporters from the affected population became new sources of data and information. Humanitarian organizations, host governments, and the donor community will all need to adapt to this new information environment. US Department of State Humanitarian Information Unit, White Paper: Haiti Earthquake: Breaking New Ground in the Humanitarian Information Landscape, July 2010 New partners are offering faster, more effective means of analyzing an ever-increasing volume and velocity of data. The challenge ahead is how to create an effective interface between these resources, and create an eco-system where each actor understands its role. It will not be easy. Volunteer and technical communities (V&TCs) like OpenStreetMap, Sahana and CrisisMappers approach problems in ways that challenge the status quo. UN Foundation, Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies, 2011
  7. 7. Testimonials Faced with disaster situations, like those lived by [Chile] in the last days, the need for information becomes imperative. With this Smart Center, we can significantly reduce response times for the persons that search, and optimize volunteer work. Lorenza Donoso, President of the Chilean Red Cross on the Sahana Eden-based Smart Center solution, used in response to wildfires in early 2012 Sahana [Eden] is blowing my mind. I can’t think of any project we’ve done that we couldn’t build on this platform. @CDRP_FSU (Center for Disaster Risk Policy at Florida State University), 2012 No innovation matters more than that which saves lives. Avelino J. Cruz, Jr., Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines on the use of Sahana following disastrous mudslides in 2005 The Sahana Software Foundation’s commitment to supporting grassroots, community-led organizing endeavors has been astounding. Devin Balkind,, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Sarapis Foundation on the Sahana Software Foundation’s response to Hurricane Sandy, 2013 ☀
  8. 8. Partners, Users & Sponsors ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Los Angeles County Department of Public Health City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department City of New York Office of Emergency Management US National Library of Medicine European Commission Humanitarian Aid Corps Timor Leste National Disaster Operations Center Asia Disaster Preparedness Center Philippines Government: DSWD UN World Food Programme Nepal Government: DHM Bombeiros (Portugal) LirneAsia Google & IBM
  9. 9. Awards and Honors ☀ Computerworld Honors Laureate in Human Services, 2013 ☀ Gartner “Cool Vendor” in Risk Management & Compliance, 2010 ☀ Public Private Businesses Inc. Best Practices Award, 2010 ☀ Free Software Foundation Award for Social Benefit, 2006
  10. 10. Screenshots of Sahana Deployments
  11. 11. People Locator US National Library of Medicine United States 2009-present
  12. 12. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Project Portal Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) Asia Pacific Region - 2010-present
  13. 13. Resource Management System International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Global - 2011-present
  14. 14. Give2LA City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department USA - 2011-present
  15. 15. Disaster Management Portal National Disaster Operations Center Timor Leste - 2013-present (Under Development)
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  17. 17. Community Resilience Mapping Tool Los Angeles Department of Public Health USA - 2013-present (Under Development)
  18. 18. Sandy Relief Occupy Sandy and other Community Based Organizations New York City 2012-2013
  19. 19. Hurricane Sandy Response
  20. 20. Requests… Meals, Supplies, Volunteers
  21. 21. Sandy Relief Site
  22. 22. Human Impact
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  24. 24. Super Typhoon Yolanda Philippines 2013-present
  25. 25. Free and Open Source Software Projects Freedom to use, analyze, modify and re-distribute Available for everybody at no cost Open for research and development Collaboratively developed by a Global community @sahanafoss