A local version of the Ushahidi platform, along with Google’s Person Finder, have launched to help people connect http://bit.ly/eY7LHa
The most urgent need in the aftermath of the earthquake off the coast of Japan is to find people who are trapped, and connect citizens who are safe with their worrying family, friends, and loved ones. Google’s Person Finder and Ushahidi’s Crisis Map are two critical online tools that can, respectively, help reunite loved ones and save lives of citizens who are still trapped.
The original crisis mapping tool, Ushahidi, has already launched a local Japanese platform, see the reports page in Japanese. Anyone on the ground can text in the location of a trapped person, and these locations are then collected on a map. You can also text in where to find aid, a pop-up hospital or a precarious building that should be avoided. Via: Good.is