WS 92 The role of Internet-based services for the Disaster Communications
In recent years, during and post disaster period, Internet based services are increasingly used among the devastated people and those who try to rescue and help restoration works.
During the East Japan Great earthquake, a victim in Kesen-numa city sent a mobile email to his family in London calling for immediate rescue. With several retweets on twitter, it reached at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government who then sent helicopters the next morning and saved 446 people who all stayed on the roof surrounded by water and fire overnight. Some service platforms such as Google Personfinder, Sahana and Ushahidi were used after the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. Read more
Time: Thu, 2012-11-08 16.30 – 18.00