Hey Matt, thanks for the feedback. Yes, I agree with you. For emergencies reported thru SMS messages, I indicated the categories: (1) need rescue, (2) need medical assistance and (3) need relief which should aid emergency responders in prioritizing reports. As for classification of calls made, I was thinking it should be the same, only the person answering the call makes the classification on the system.
It would be great to have your feedback on the classifications indicated (it's in the attachment, it would be great if you can look at it) -- is it realistic? is it comprehensive? is it the most useful to responders or are there other ways to categorize it?
The reversal of the emergency statistics (for large scale disasters) to reflect those that have been aided--it would be great to have your insights on this also.
Thank you for your inputs. Yes I agree, training and infrastructure is one critical element during emergencies/disasters aside from having the platform/framework for mobile communication.
For training responders: Good link Shane, identifying who will respond to what area (attachment - Section: Registration) is one element, but ensuring there are enough trained responders is another for the community to own it. I agree.
For sustaining technologies: Matt, I found this article about use of TV white spaces: http://qz.com/473062/by-satya-nadella-kenyas-inspiring-technological-transformation/ or, another is making sure line of communication is also one of the priorities by communities affected by disasters. I remember during the time of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) here in the Philippines, telecommunications companies here helped with setting up wireless access points - this can be explored too as a priority.
I think to have a strong network, all the players (government, private sector, NGOs and communities at large) need to make it their own.