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ReliefMap: A 21st Century Approach to Disaster Response

ReliefMap: A 21st Century Approach to Disaster Response

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Published by Jesper Frant
Despite being a relatively low-intensity storm, Hurricane Sandy was one of the most damaging in United States history due to the accompany storm surge that inundated highly populated coastal areas. Moody’s Analytics estimated the economic impact at $50 billion, with about $12 billion of that damage falling within the NYC metro area. The day after Sandy devastated the tri-state area, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo recognized the likelihood that disasters—particularly those that are climate-related — would become more frequent and that cities would need to find ways to respond. The challenges of dealing with a disaster are compounded by the logistical challenges of matching people with needs to donated good and volunteers with appropriate skills or equipment in the aftermath. New York-based charities had collected over $400 million for Sandy relief efforts, but there is little evidence on where and how that money was disbursed. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Yahoo News cited an expert as saying that unwanted donations constituted a “second disaster after the disaster.” The implementation of the ReliefMap platform will provide a mechanism to seamlessly bridge the divide between need and donation after a disaster.
Despite being a relatively low-intensity storm, Hurricane Sandy was one of the most damaging in United States history due to the accompany storm surge that inundated highly populated coastal areas. Moody’s Analytics estimated the economic impact at $50 billion, with about $12 billion of that damage falling within the NYC metro area. The day after Sandy devastated the tri-state area, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo recognized the likelihood that disasters—particularly those that are climate-related — would become more frequent and that cities would need to find ways to respond. The challenges of dealing with a disaster are compounded by the logistical challenges of matching people with needs to donated good and volunteers with appropriate skills or equipment in the aftermath. New York-based charities had collected over $400 million for Sandy relief efforts, but there is little evidence on where and how that money was disbursed. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Yahoo News cited an expert as saying that unwanted donations constituted a “second disaster after the disaster.” The implementation of the ReliefMap platform will provide a mechanism to seamlessly bridge the divide between need and donation after a disaster.

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Published by: Jesper Frant on Mar 18, 2013
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National InvitationalPublic Policy ChallengeSchool of International and Public AffairsColumbia University ReliefMap
 Team Members:
 
Lakshmi Balachandran, MPA 
 
Jesper J. Frant, MPA 
 
Eric Smyth, Master of International Affairs
 
Seisei Tatebe-Goddu, Master of International Affairs
 
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1Contents
Section 1: Executive Summary 2Section 2: The Problem 3Section 3: Policy Proposal 6
3.1 Legitimacy 63.2 Access 73.3 Flexibility and Inclusiveness 73.4 Privacy Protection 73.5 Accountability 73.6 Planning Process 73.7 ReliefMap in Action 83.8 Scope for Expansion 93.9 Assumptions 9
Section 4: Implementation 10
4.1 Planning and Design 104.2 Prototype Development 114.3 Pilot Launch 114.4 Launch 124.5 Monitoring and Evaluation 12
Section 5: Funding 13
5.1 Grants 135.2 Annual Funding 13
Section 6: Budget 14
6.1 First Year Budget 146.2 Detailed Operating Costs 146.3 Website Development Costs 146.4 O
ce Setup Costs 14
Appendices 15
Appendix A: Glossary 15Appendix B: News Clippings 15Appendix C: Technological Responses to Hurricane Sandy 16Appendix D: Letter of Support 17Appendix E: Advertising 18Appendix F. Sample Interactions 19
We would like to thank Professor Ester Fuchs, Professor SarahHolloway, Professor Anne Nelson, and Reverend Stephen Harding fortheir assistance in developing the ReliefMap proposal. The ReliefMapproject has its roots in the class New Media and DevelopmentCommunications.

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