Information sessions: saving lives with GIS

By on 16 July, 2013
RedR Australia deployee Leigh Burgess mapping water points and pumps in small villages in the Philippines post-Typhoon Bopha.

RedR Australia deployee Leigh Burgess mapping water points and pumps in small villages in the Philippines, post Typhoon Bopha.

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, information is key. Locating people, determining sites for fresh water and mapping damaged infrastructure are crucial to effective humanitarian response and saving lives.

RedR Australia’s Leigh Burgess recently spent six months in the Philippines, working with UNICEF to support the post-Typhoon Bopha relief effort. The GIS specialist coordinated a major data collection project to record water and sanitation infrastructure, identifying damage and gaps in services. Leigh also provided GPS training for local staff as part of the mapping exercise, boosting the in-country skills base.

RedR Australia is an international humanitarian organisation providing skilled people to United Nations agencies in times of crisis.

The only Standby Partner to the United Nations in the Southern Hemisphere, RedR Australia is also a leading provider of humanitarian preparedness training, working to build resilience in disaster-affected communities around the world.

RedR Australia recruits from a wide range of skillsets including public health, information and communications technology, logistics, public information/media liaison, engineering, and water and sanitation.

Current priority recruitment profiles include:

  • information management, ideally with GIS skills
  • protection and child protection
  • emergency response
  • education in emergencies
  • nutrition

RedR Australia is holding evening information sessions for anyone wanting to find out more about the organisation and how to join its Standby Register.

The details:

Melbourne – 16 September, 5.30pm onwards

Sydney – 23 September, 5.30pm onwards

For more information and to register, please visit the RedR website at redr.org.au/news/upcoming-events.

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