JCU professor sends relief to Haiti victims using crisis mapping

8:01 AM, Jan 24, 2010   |    comments
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Jen Ziemke is an assistant professor of international relations at John Carroll. She is also the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers. 

The organization helps connect victims with people who have the resources they need.

Victims can send distress messages through text, twitter, or news feeds and crisis mappers will quickly send help. Haitians can send a text message asking for food, water, medical aid, or even those in need of rescue to a particular number along with their locations.

Crisis mappers quickly translate the message and map the victim's location. The message is then sent to people in Haiti who can provide the appropriate aid.

Ziemke says they could have a helicopter in the air and enroute to the location within 15 minutes of receiving the message with the right information.


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