Update #7 on Vanuatu and on our deployment there

Status of our deployment

We thought it was time to give you a flavour of the difference you volunteers are making on the ground:

Our relevant information has been uploaded to humanitarianresponse.info (the UN-OCHA online repository)  All responders now to have access to this data.

One of the most powerful lists we have created is the responders list. We are tracking who says they are going into country and what their objective is. When organisations arrive in Vanuatu they can coordinate into and join clusters because they know who is there and who is coming.

Imagine going into a country and starting without any phone numbers. That’s the situation for most responders. We have collated a contact list for relevant workers on the ground which is used by all agencies.

Our hospital location list, airfield information and communications information are being used by responders on the ground and virtually.

Our list of maps (not just our maps) means responders can find and download the mapping data they need to do their jobs.

Our photo maps are being used by responders to get a handle on the overall situation.



Keera (SBTF volunteer, core team alumnus and now at ESRI)  with Fern and Stacey (also from Esri) analysed and mapped the most relevant photographs with great results. It has, of course, been shared with all agencies. Thank you so much http://goo.gl/oSCMnO

The situation at 2000 UTC 20 March 2015

Distribution of emergency aid continues to communities.

The Government is leading joint Initial Rapid Needs Assessments.

Priority needs emerging from assessments are for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); particularly potable water, food, shelter and health.

Widespread damage to crops has prompted the Vanuatu Government to include seed packs for replanting in planned distributions.


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

Humans of Vanuatu

This was posted by the Humans of Vanuatu Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HumansOfVanuatu about 12 hours ago

Just watched a barge loaded with relief supplies steaming down the channel, destination: Epi island. Never thought something so homely could be so beautiful. I think we just might make it through this. There are months of hard, hard work ahead, but I’m beginning to think we can do this.

Know hope.

We still need your help

We remain activated until 2300 UTC Sunday 22 March 2015.

Our focus is the information management document. We need volunteers right up to the end of the deployment to keep searching for contact details, details of responses and other information to help responders across Vanuatu.

If you have already signed up for the deployment please just keep on working.

If you haven’t signed up, please sign up now.


There are plenty of tasks for people who are new to SBTF. What you may not know is that there is an awesome group of support people available by Skype 24×7 to ensure the time they commit is productive and fun, and there are lots of unexpected ways of being really helpful (this edit was suggested by one of those awesome people, which kind of proves the point).

If you want to join Standby Task Force apply now.

Keep in touch

If you’ve got any questions, comments, or suggestions then drop me or anyone in the core team an email or ask in the SBTF general chat room on Skype.


Know hope SBTF.

Jus skype: fidget01

Ben skype: likeaword

Joyce skype: joyce.monsees

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