Update #6 on Vanuatu and on our extended deployment there

+++ Activation EXTENDED until 2300 UTC SUNDAY 22 March 2015 +++

We know this is a big ask when so many of you have already worked so hard. We thought long and hard about this. We know this is the right thing to do.

Because of Vanuatu’s location and infrastructure, we have seen a delay in information becoming available. Normally by this stage in a deployment we would be starting to wind down, but actually we are seeing more information published and more requests for our information.

We would like to extend the activation until Sunday evening to capture as much as we can.

Please help

We know how much you have given already but we really need to ask you to give a little more.

If you have already signed up for this deployment, please just keep working.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider joining; we really need all hands on deck for these final three days. https://docs.google.com/a/standbytaskforce.com/forms/d/14sqEFVCMWdInrKiWxFVw8XBGiawPt-61bBxjQQ6AwZY/viewform

Volunteer as a coordinator

Our coordinators have been great all the way through the deployment. It’s a crucial role supporting, encouraging and advising volunteers in the chat room. We can always use more coordinators.

If you’ve been working during this deployment and would like to volunteer to help out as a coordinator during the rest of the deployment, please get in touch.

Status of our deployment

Most of our image mapping work has finished. We have produced two maps in this deployment which are available to responders, and our friends at ESRI are looking at presenting the data in additional ways to help different responders.

The maps are available online:



Our focus is now on the information management task. This includes collating information about who is responding, who to contact and other data that can be used as a key resource for all humanitarian organisations working to support Vanuatu.

We have 750 lines of data but we need more and we need to enrich the data we already have.

The situation at 1930 UTC 19 March 2015

60% of the population in Shefa and Tafea has no access to clean drinking water. Food supplies in affected areas, particularly in Erromango, are running critically low.


Around 82,000 children have been affected by Cyclone Pam. More than 3,300 people are sheltering in 48 evacuation centres. http://www.unicef.org/media/media_81307.html

The Vanuatu Daily Post is up and running and publishing again. http://www.dailypost.vu/

Humanity Road issues regular sitreps http://www.hmrd.co/?name=tcpam

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