When large natural disasters occur, its quite difficult for information to circulate about how aid workers from differing factions should approach such situations.

When large natural disasters occur, its quite difficult for information to circulate about how aid workers from differing factions should approach such situations. Sahana saw this as a major problem in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami. There solution was to create an open source suite of tools that would streamline efforts and communication between all parties.

Treehugger explains:

It is a free, open source disaster management system. The online tool helps people coordinate efforts during disasters, from locating missing people to tracking volunteers, from managing aid to setting up and running camps. Everything can feel like chaos during a disaster and, as we’ve witnessed repeatedly over the last few years, it can be nearly impossible to carry out efficient relief in a timely manner. But Sahana links people together so that things can run as smoothly as possible.

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