Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. Missing Maps is a collaborative project founded by the British Red Cross, American Red Cross, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team and Medicins Sans Frontieres.
Step One - Remote volunteers trace satellite imagery into OpenStreetMap Step Two - Community volunteers add local detail such as neighbourhoods, street names, and evacuation centres Step Three - Humanitarian organisations use mapped information to plan risk reduction and disaster response activities that save lives