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Haiti Earthquake - Free tools and satellite imagery

UPDATE (17th JAN): Satellite imagery of post-earthquake Port au Prince is now automatically available in D4H. There is no requirement to export your data. The imagery Is 50 cm color imagery taken from Digital Globe’s new Worldview 2 satellite.

HAITI - The country of Haiti has just experienced an earthquake with a severe catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The International Red Cross has stated that as many as 3 million people have been affected by the quake with as many as 100,000 deaths estimated within the first 24 hours. Decisions For Heroes is offering their life saving web-based rescue team management tool and support staff free to all teams responding for the duration of their mission. For more information, read our press release.

If your team is one of the 40+ international response teams travelling to respond to the ongoing rescue phase in Haiti you can configure your system to import satellite imagery taken since the earthquake to compare with images before. Google have provided a KML layer for the latest imagery, with everything you need to overlay your Decisions For Heroes data.

1. If you do not have it already, Download Google Earth.

2. Sign-in to your rescue teams Decisions For Heroes account.

3. Click [Activities]->[Incidents] and filter the date range for your export.

4. Click [Export To Google Earth], and open the KML file that is downloaded.

5. Download and open the ~10:27 EST 13th January 2010 Haiti Imagery Layer KML (provided by Google and GeoEye). This file contains data relevant to the crisis repsonse and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Using this imagery with Decisions For Heroes will allow easy-to-generate statistics that can be used to observe patterns and reduce further incidents in aftershocks in Haiti. With integrated mapping, response teams can generate heat maps of their incident areas and compare them to their training locations. With this data the team can now approach other organisations with real measurements to show where efforts should be located and public safety awareness focussed.

Decisions For Heroes is available to all rescue teams globally, and teams can get started online at Please help us and share this on Facebook using the button below.

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