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Humanitarian emergencies often strike without warning, destroying lives and livelihoods within a matter of seconds. In the immediate aftermath, the challenge for those responding is to know where to start.

Information is vital.

Kathmandu earthquake damage, © Resurge International

Which area has been worst affected? Where are the most vulnerable people? What has happened to roads, railways and communication networks? Where are medical supplies and where are they needed most?

MapAction quickly gathers this crucial data at the disaster scene, conveying it visually in the form of maps. By creating this ‘shared operational picture’ for aid agencies, governments and local partners, we can help them make informed decisions and deliver aid and emergency supplies to the right place, quickly.

Emergency response within hours
We have the capacity to deploy a fully trained and equipped humanitarian mapping and information management team anywhere across the globe, often within hours.

Our team of over 70 trained volunteers follow a well-practised deployment model, meaning we can respond within 24-48 hours of a rapid onset emergency.

The rapid response capability of our team of highly-skilled volunteers helps save lives in humanitarian emergencies.

Mapping support during the early phases of a response is critical, as responders and donors try to more clearly understand the situation on the ground. Without MapAction, the capacity to provide what is needed often simply doesn’t exist.

UN Disaster Coordination Manager, Pakistan flood emergency 2010

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