SIMS: SURGE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SUPPORT

WHAT IS IT

Surge information management SUPPORT (SIMS)  provides either remote or field-based support to operations, according to disaster scale, complexity and impact of the event. In addition to direct operational support, SIMS also serves as a network for information management coordination and capacity building, helping improve information management standards, tools, and expertise across response operations.

WHY IT IS NEEDED

When a disaster occurs, information is key for aid workers on the ground to make decisions. To collect collate and create maps, manage data and visualise this information takes a lot of time and connectivity that may not be available on the ground.

HOW 510 FITS IN

The SIMS project is a network of trained specialists who develop, coordinate and implement information management systems for global Red Cross and Red Crescent disaster response operations. When a disaster occurs, SIMS is activated through the IFRC Disaster Crisis Management Surge Desk.

At 510 brings data experts to the SIMS network, helping operations leverage the power of mapping, data management and visualization tools to support decision making and enhance reporting. This includes the use of predictive analytics, as well as analyzing disaster impact based on satellite imagery.

WHERE WE WORK

  • 2019 Mozambique cyclone Idai
  • 2018 Nigeria: floods
  • 2017 Uganda: population movement
  • 2017 Madagascar: cyclone
  • 2017 Bangladesh: flood
  • 2017 IFRC: East African Famine
  • 2017 Somalia: cholera
  • 2017 Sierra Leone: mudslide
  • 2016 Nepal: earthquake 

WHEN WE STARTED

We started working as part of SIMS in 2016.

WHO WE WORK WITH

The SIMS network consists of staff and volunteers from national societies and the IFRC. Please find more information here.

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