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Exercise Talom: Disaster Response Simulation in Thailand

For more on Maps 2.0 and the field exercise, click here.

On November 23-26, emergency response teams from ADRA and World Vision participated in field training in the Mae Chaem district (Thapa subdistrict) of Chiang Mai province in northern Thailand. A part of the exercise was to test the use of online maps for situational awareness and recording day-to-day key events and activities. The scenario was modeled after an actual flash flood in Ban Yang Loung village in 2002, with additional "injects" simulated, e.g. missing persons, evacuations, and cholera.

The test was supported by a team of HumaniNet volunteers in the U.S., with Gregg Swanson facilitating the project from the exercise location and Matt Blair leading the Maps 2.0 volunteer team from Portland, Oregon. The process was kept simple and feasible:

  • Teams collected information and GPS coordinates on location, which they reported to the simulated UN and NGO managers.
  • This information was validated and communicated (mainly by email) to the Maps 2.0 team, who posted the events and locations.
  • Using a BGAN satellite connection, the teams could then review the maps for accuracy and a situational overview.

Google Earth (GE) and Google Maps (GM) were selected for ease of use and general flexibility and were found to be effective and reliable. The process, while simplified and controlled as an exercise test, proved to be workable, with many lessons learned on the flow and management of operational information. Our experience in Exercise Talom tells us that GE/GM could be very effective in region-wide "big picture" situational awareness. Online maps for displaying local information (in this case a rapidly-changing emergency in a village) may have limited utility.

You may "surf" the Google Map below to see some representative points (but certainly not all), or you may download the Google Earth kml file, or any of the files and static maps created through the exercise by the HumaniNet Maps 2.0 team. If you would like more information, please email us at info (at) humaninet.org.

Exercise area with representative points, Nov 26


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We wish to acknowledge with sincere thanks the Meyer Memorial Trust for a generous grant that made this project possible. Our thanks also to the team members at Exercise Talom for their superb cooperation and very helpful feedback.

Available Data Files

Date Description Format
26 Nov 2008 Current Map Data (Final data set) KML (see note)
26 Nov 2008 Current Map Data (Last updated on 26 Nov at 1100 Thai Time) KML (see note)
25 Nov 2008 Current Map Data (Last updated on 26 Nov at 0900 Thai Time) KML (see note)
24 Nov 2008 Current Map Data (Last updated at 0600 Thai Time) KML
24 Nov 2008 ADRA Named Points from 24 Nov KML
24 Nov 2008 Southeast Mae Chaem Local Map (single page) PDF
24 Nov 2008 Southeast Mae Chaem Local Terrain Map (single page) PDF
24 Nov 2008 Mae Chaem Local Map (4-page grid) PDF
23 Nov 2008 Current Map Data (Last updated at 1400 Thai Time) KML
23 Nov 2008 Chiang Mai Regional Map (4-page grid) PDF
23 Nov 2008 Chiang Mai Regional Map (single page) PDF
23 Nov 2008 Mae Chaem Local Map (single page) PDF
23 Nov 2008 Mae Chaem Local Terrain Map (single page) PDF
21 Nov 2008 Initial Pre-Simulation data set KML

What are these files?

  • PDF - viewed in the browser or Adobe Acrobat, the best choice for printing
  • KML - Mapping data for Google Earth

How do I save these files for offline viewing?

Internet Explorer

  • Saving PDFs and KML files: Right-click the description link and choose "Save Target As..."
Firefox
  • Saving PDFs and KML files: Right-click the description link and choose "Save Link As..."

Why can't I see all the points in this KML file?

If you see a time slider in the upper right of the display in Google Earth, make sure the brackets are dragged all the way to the start and the end of the time range, or else some of the points will not appear, even if they are checked in the Places panel.

Last Updated: December 13, 2008
For more information, please email us at info@humaninet.org.

 


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