Wisconsin Using ODK For Natural Disaster Assessments

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about New York using ODK for health operations. Around the same time, we got a note from Andrew Faust of North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

Andrew wrote, “_Here in Wisconsin, we are using ODK to collect data in the field for assessment information after a natural hazard like storm, flood or tornado. This allows Emergency Response Professionals to collect information in the field in real time with an Android mobile device and map them in real time. </p>

We are just in testing of how this will work. Next month, we are going to do our first functional exercise using ODK to see how it will work and what we will need to tweak on our end. We plan to collect data with ODK, push it to Google Docs and into a spreadsheet to create reports on damage totals.

I would like to personally thank you folks for all your effort on ODK and I hope this works out for Wisconsin.</em>”

As you can see below, the Wisconsin’s Hazard Assessment and Mapping (WHAM) application passed its functional exercise today. Congrats to Andrew and his team!

Google map with markers showing images and text