How Advanced Crisis Mapping and Big Data Can Improve Coast Guard Incident Response
The future of Coast Guard disaster response was demonstrated in 2010 when a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 100,000 people. A massive international humanitarian response effort followed, rescuing victims from debris, providing medical care, and supplying food and water.
One of the first responders on the ground was the U.S. Marines Corps, which was supported by a small software company called Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili. The company provided an open-source map of the disaster, including where food and water were needed, locations of potential survivors buried in debris, and the locations of healthcare stations. This information was sourced entirely from text messages and tweets.