SOS Children’s Villages with their global activities (567 villages in 2016) on emergency preparedness and response are a place of safety and shelter in the local communities. Many SOS Children´s Villages are vulnerable to local and regional disasters and crisis events due to their extensive presence and integration
into communities. In disaster and crisis events, preparedness is needed to act quickly and decisively to ensure the safety of children, staff and other people in the communities. In such events, up-to-date information on the situation in surrounding environments is crucial.
Information derived from Earth Observation satellites has been shown to assist humanitarian aid organizations in improving preparedness and response for disasters and crises. Such information on e.g. forced migrations, groundwater monitoring, weather and drought updates, flood mapping, flood forecast/modelling, and others, can help aid workers prepare for threats before they occur, and react efficiently to unforeseen events. To bring the latest in innovative emergency response to SOS Children’s Villages, the SOS Global Emergency Response unit has teamed up with Spatial Services and the University of Salzburg – Z_GIS to develop a comprehensive, web-based emergency management system for the entire SOS federation.