When natural catastrophes occur, many people get separated from their loved ones. Since the infrastructure is destroyed it is hard to know if your relatives and friends are safe. Many times it takes days or weeks before mobile telephone service and internet access is restored -making communication with separated friends and family impossible. Refugee finder is a mobile application that addresses this very challenge. At the aid station (hospitals, Red Cross center etc.) the disaster victim are registered with Refugee finder by an aid worker using a mobile camera-phone. A photograph and basic biographical information, along with time and place of registration, are stored in the system. The information is then shared between the aid stations and displayed for the public either at the aid stations, the internet or on television broadcasts.
Pedro N Andrade