Crisis Mapping and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

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John Scherer

Since 2004, the US government has increased its emphasis on complex, civil-military operations. In addition to the changing nature of civil-military humanitarian response procedures, an adaptable and resilient volunteer force of technicians, social scientists, physicians and imagery specialists also has emerged alongside the U.S. Government, bound together under a voluntary organizational structure called the International Network of Crisis Mappers. The “CM*Net” response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake illustrated the network’s broad-based expertise and ability to deliver lifesaving results under austere conditions. This paper examines factors that contributed to the success of the CM*Net response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake and how these successes might be applied in future situations.