The Salvation Army brings GIS into the streets to plan transitional shelters for victims of the 2010 earthquake. Groups from the Salvation Army did field assessments to accurately map and record shelter site locations. They recorded the GPS location of the site and photographed the people present, as well as the home, to assess condition and need. Also through interviews they obtained host family information such as who the owner is; the number of people present; and demographics, including whether amputees or single women lived at the site. Other important information the team captured was the distance to freshwater sources and latrines. This data helped disaster recovery unit members decide which site to attend to first.
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Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. firstname.lastname@example.org