American Red Cross response to Typhoon Yutu in Saipan


(danbjoseph) #1

American Red Cross responders in Saipan after Category 5 Typhoon Yutu swept through in October used ODK Collect to help record Distribution of Emergency Supplies (DES). The Red Cross was delivering tarps, dry food rations, water, clean-up kits, insect repellents, and many other relief goods to those affected by the storm. They needed to know how many of which items they had, how many they had given out, if they missed any families who happened to be absent when they visited, how many families they had served, etc.

The distribution and warehouse teams eagerly embraced ODK tools. They were impressed that it only took 3-5 minutes of demonstration for someone to pick up how to use ODK Collect to fill a form recording a distribution. By quickly collecting and aggregating the data they were able to better plan their response activities. For instance, It was helpful to be able to map the distribution points to better visualize the coverage area for planning distribution routes and the distribution tracking data allowed them to efficiently and correctly report on the progress.


(Andrea Martin) #2

Thank you @danbjoseph for sharing you experience.
I was curious to know if and how you handled cases of duplicate submissions or when "they missed any families who happened to be absent when they visited".
Grateful if you could share more details and challenges (if any) from your work.


(Yaw Anokwa) #3

Always amazing to hear how ODK tools are helping the helpers!

For those who want to find out more about Red Cross' response to Yutu, https://www.redcross.org/local/hawaii/about-us/news-and-events/news/red-cross-response-to-typhoon-yutu.html looks like a good place to start.