Post by: Kim Stephens
Here is a great video by PBS published May 13, 2011 that explains the power of crisis mapping. They explore its use in Haiti to the most recent crisis in Libya.
This extraordinary ability to connect has turned a modern convenience into a lifeline through a system called crisis mapping. It first gained prominence after the earthquake in Haiti, when people used their cell phones to send text messages to a centralized response team. Since then, crisis mapping has been used to help victims in emergency zones following the tornadoes in the Midwest, the earthquake in Japan and the unrest in the Middle East.