Graphic: VisionLink, Inc.
Early last year, the American Red Cross (ARC) began deploying a variety of geospatial applications to provide information about its shelters. There are three that update location information every 30 minutes:
- National Shelter System: Available to Red Cross Employees and volunteers,
- Search for Red Cross Shelters: Online search feature available to the public, and
- Shelterview: For iPhone and iPad devices.
With no sites open at the time of this posting, the operational sense of these interfaces is limited. However, the important thing to know is this information exists and how to access it before disaster strikes.
Comment: This effort is a significant step forward for the ARC. Previously, the organization kept information about its shelter system on a paper product that was primarily restricted to internal use.