Sahana – Open Source Disaster Management System

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Vision and Objectives
Sahana is an integrated set of pluggable, web based disaster management applications that provide solutions to large-scale humanitarian problems in the aftermath of a disaster. Our aspirations are as follows:

1. Primary: Help alleviate human suffering and help save lives through the efficient use of IT during a disaster
2. Bring together a diverse set of actors from Government, Emergency Management, NGOs, INGOs, spontaneous volunteers and victims themselves in responding effectively to a disaster
3. Empower the victims, responders, volunteer to better enable them to help themselves and others
4. Protect victim data and reduce the opportunity for data abuse
5. Provide a Free and Open Source solution end-to-end available to everyone

With the above aspirations, the main applications built into Sahana and problems they address so far are as follows:

1. Missing Person Registry – Helping to reduce trauma by effectively finding missing persons
2. Organization Registry – Coordinating and balancing the distribution of relief organizations in the affected areas and connecting relief groups allowing them to operate as one
3. Request Management System – Registering and Tracking all incoming requests for support and relief upto fulfillment and helping donors connect to relief requirements
4. Camp Registry – Tracking the location and numbers of victims in the various camps and temporary shelters setup all around the affected area
5. Volunteer Management – Coordinate the contact info, skills, assignments and availability of volunteers and responders
6. Inventory Management – Tracking the location, quantities, expiry of supplies stored for utilization in a disaster
7. Situation Awareness – Providing a GIS overview of the situation at hand for the benefit of the decision makers

Current Deployments
Sahana has currently been deployed successfully in the following places:

1. Tsunami – Sri Lanka 2005 – Officially deployed in the CNO for the Government of Sri Lanka
2. AsianQuake – Pakistan 2005 – Officially deployed within with NADRA for the Government of Pakistan
3. Southern Leyte Mudslide Disaster – Philippines 2006 – Officially deployed with the NDCC and ODC for the Government of Philippines
4. Sarvodaya – Sri Lanka 2006 – Deployed for Sri Lanka’s largest NGO
5. Terre des Hommes – Sri Lanka 2006 – Deployed with new Child Protection Module
6. Yogjarkata Earthquake – Indonesia 2006 – Deployed by ACS, urRemote and Indonesian whitewater association and Indonesian Rescue Source
7. New York City – 2007-08 – Pre-deployed in support of the City of New York’s Coastal Storm Plan
8. Peru Ica Earthquake – 2007 – Deployed for the Government of Peru
9. Chendu – Shizuan Province Earthquake 2008 – Deployed by Chendgu Police

Though application of Sahana is the greatest recognition of the value of the Sahana system to help out in disasters, our work also has been recognized in other ways

1. Sahana won the Free Software Foundation Award for Social Benefit in 2006 amongst other contenders such as OLPC, Project Gutenburg and Wikipedia
2. Software 2006, USA – Good Samaritian Award – 2006
3. Network Wold Article 2006 on Top Open Source Companies to WatchIdentified as one of the top 10 Open Source “companies” to watch by Network world
4. Interview of core team in BBC program “code breakers” – 2006
5. One of the three top finalists in the Health category in Stockholm Challenge – 2006
6. Sourceforge Project of the Month for June 2006
7. Sahana inspired the new Free Software Foundation Award for Social Benefit – 2005
8. Redhat User Award – Given to the founder of Lanka Software Foundation Dr Sanjiva Weerawarna – 2005

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