Haiti/Tropical Storms 2012
We think it is worthy to take Isaac seriously and so we are starting a local preparation coordinated by Jaakko Helleranta and Brian Wolford. They have been living in Haiti for almost two years and have carried out many OSM activities and participated to HOT programs there.
HOT would play a role with the in-country coordinators to articulate surveys with satellite imagery processings about flood/landslides extents and other relevant damage assessments on key infrastructure.
Brian and Jaako have started to:
- join the local OSM mappers we trained over the two past years in various regions of the country
- gather the useful equipments available for OSM mapping
- ensure labs/ hubs will be ready to support the mapping efforts on the ground both in Port-au-Prince (Haiti Communitere) and in Saint-Marc
Nicolas and Severin are introducing them to the key humanitarian and government actors in Haiti to ensure that any OSM response effort will be articulated to the wider response plans and efforts.
Haiti on Relief Web
Centre National de Météorologie of Haiti
Direction de la Protection Civile of Haiti
External notification to partners
External notification to partners about preparation has been done on August 23, encompassing:
- Virtual Technology Communities (V&TCs)
- UN System agencies, especially UNOCHA
- local and international partner organizations
Remote response (August 23)
If we are lucky, this will just be a good simulation exercise and a way to check who we can count on amongst the local mappers, the humanitarian actors, and the government. In the course of the day, the forecast shall get more focused and our action plan refined.
We look primarily at defining the Areas Of Interest (AOIs) and the nature of the needs like transportation, camps, temporary shelters, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
Some remote help would be needed (imagery set-up, mapping...) and Jaakko and Brian will keep the team posted as the situation evolves.
For now, anyone can already partipate by contributing to the remapping effort using these 2 Tasking Manager jobs:
- Haiti: Check that roads are ok + clean other clear mess-ups
- Haiti: Port-au-Prince (Leogane to St. Marc) area: Roadnetwork + general ok check (z13)
Haitidata.org allows for sharing valuable knowledge (reports) as well as vector and raster data for DRR and IM/GIS experts in the Island which articulates well with the UN OCHA Core Operational Datasets and complements the OSM database. More information is coming on this.
V&TCs focusing on data mining and GIS analysis can also make the most of the data available on haitidata.org. Indeed, it hosts the data layers from the Analysis of Multiple Natural Hazards in Haiti (NATHAT), a multiple-hazard assessment led by the World Bank in March 2010 and October 2011. It includes in particular, elevation data (up to 1m resolution from LIDAR capture), faults or liquefaction incidents, but also sliding or flood models.
For more information about the NATHAT project and methodology, see:
- the 2010 mission reports in English or French
- the 2011 mission reports (only in French), Vol1 at national scale, Vol2 on specific areas, and Vol3 on general methodologies
- a paper entitled Slope instability hazard in Haiti: Emergency assessment for a safe reconstruction
- local studies (only in French) focusing on geotechnical, hydrological and hydraulical aspects for the areas of Delmas 32 and Delmas 40b in Port-au-Prince
Data on Haiti
Using Openstreetmap data - Downloads
OpenStreetMap Extracts for Haiti from Geofabrik provides OSM and Garmin data covering all Hispanola Island
HOT Exports to download data in various format (shapefile, POStGIS, SPatialite, SQLite, OSM source file) specifying an area of interest and a list of features (OpenStreetMap tags).
Using data on Haiti
OCHA, through its Humanitarian Response website, provides a Common and Fundamental Operational Datasets Registry from various institutions, including the Haitian National Center for Geo-Spatial Information (CNIGS)
The haitidata.org platform, within the context of the wider World Bank OpenData Resilience Initiative OpenDRI, provides both baseline and derived multi-thematic data (vector and raster) for DRR and IM/GIS experts.