Emergency response

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,   anywhere in the world –   MapAction is ready to respond as soon as disaster strikes.

Our well-rehearsed deployment model means our volunteer mapping professionals are often at the scene within 24-48 hours of a disaster striking. Even before they arrive in-country, they’ve started collecting data and information that will be crucial in helping coordinate the world’s response, and getting aid to where it is needed most.

Our field team is assisted by fellow volunteers, who provide remote support throughout the mission. This means we gain the benefit of many more pairs of hands but without the cost of deploying large teams to the field.

Aerial assessment maps produced by MapAction, working closely with the Red Cross, Save the Children and UN OCHA in the response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, were printed and used in the field over 2000 times.

Our intensive training programme means all teams are always up-to-date and prepared.

As the situation on the ground evolves, our volunteers help national authorities, aid agencies and emergency teams understand the fast-changing needs of affected communities. It is challenging, but vital work.

Since 2003, MapAction has responded to more than 80 humanitarian emergencies, ranging from earthquakes to conflict-related crises.

Click here to see a map of current and past responses.

“I would like to thank the MapAction team for its flexibility and professionalism throughout the mission…Once again, MapAction has demonstrated its added value to the UNDAC system.”

Rudolf Műller, Chief, Emergency Response Support Branch (ERSB), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)

Floods in Nigeria, September 2018