Date: 17th December, 2014
The Geo Portal Project Demonstrated at Top Table Emergency Response
The Cook Islands is well into the cyclone season (Nov – April) and the Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) carried out a simulation exercise of how the Cook Islands Government, along with key stakeholders and agencies, would respond to such disastrous events. Organizations involved included Cook Islands Meteorological Office, Police Commissioner, Ministry of Health, Infrastructure Cook Islands, Cook Islands Read Cross, New Zealand High Commission and Telecom Cook Islands. The objective of the exercise was for key organizations to be familiar of their roles and responsibilities in terms of emergency response. The exercise was structured in a scene by scene sequence where response parties are delegated tasks within each scene. For example:
SCENE 1 – Cyclone is 2 DAYS OUT
SCENE 2 – Cyclone 1 DAY OUT
SCENE 3 – 6 HOURS LATER – GALE FORCE (33-46knots – 60-85km/h)
SCENE 4 – RESPONSE PHASE
SCENE 5 – RESPONSE PHASE – ASSESSMENT OF BASELINE DATA
SCENE 6 – INITIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
FINAL SCENE – PRESENT SITUATION REPORT
Within Scene 5, the Geo Portal presented baseline data of the Island of Atiu, in the event that no communication is made with Atiu. Baseline data included mapping of occupied and unoccupied houses, population, citizens requiring special needs assistance (Children, Elderly, Disabled) and predicted houses that were to be devastated by the cyclone.
The outcome of this exercise is hopefully a disaster prepared response team of near future cyclones.
Date: 28th November, 2014
Geo Portal Update Meeting with GIS Taskforce Group
An update meeting was held at the Police quarters conference room for the GIS Taskforce Group. See link to Powerpoint presentation above. The purpose of the meeting was not only to showcase the systems progress made (Including Geo Server, Geo Network Development), but to encourage networking of existing GIS personnel on Rarotonga. Participants included GIS person(s) from Cook Islands Water and Sanitation Project (WATSAN), Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) and National Council of Women. Emphasis of the presentation was made on sharing GIS data over the Geo Server which it can be made useful to others. Though its early stages for the Geo Server, it is anticipated to be an important tool for the GIS community throughout the Cook Islands.
Date: 24th September, 2014
GEO PORTAL PROJECT IS PRESENTED AT PACINET 2014
PACINET Presentation Slides
The function of PACINET is to promote, encourage and advocate the use of the internet in the Pacific.
The project was presented at Pacific Internet (PACINET) conference 2014, Pukapuka Hostel, Rarotonga. Participants comprised of IT groups from all over the world including university researchers, IT technicians, Australias Internet Society (Gunela Astbrink). Local representatives included Ministry of Marine Resources, Cook Islands Statistics Department, Public Service Commission, Red Cross, National Disability Council, Cook Islands Internet Action Group.
The Geo Portal is a new concept for small island nations such as the Cook Islands, therefore many questions were asked during the course of the presentation. Questions on practical use, process of gathering GIS data, resource management strategies, privacy and confidentiality issues. Strong support was extended by Infrastructure Cook Islands, Cook Islands Internet Action Group. The National Disability Council, Patricia, extended her thanks and appreciation to Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) for including vulnerable individuals – special needs, disabled, and individuals requiring special assistance, in disaster response procedures.
ATIU SURVEY EXERCISE FOR GEO PORTAL ONLINE DATABASE DEVELOPMENT
On the 18th August, the Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI), Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) along with Atiu Administration office and Atiu College students embarked on a disaster-risk-reduction survey exercise on the island of Atiu. The purpose of this trip is to enhance the Cook Islands Geo Portal’s informative capabilities. This was by way of gathering disaster-risk-reduction-type spatial data using survey forms and modern technology – online database system (internet), android device. Examples of data collected is the number of vulnerable citizens (disabled, special needs, solo parents) per household, vulnerable buildings, sanitation and water-storage. EMCI&ICI would like to thank the Atiu Administration, Community and Students in carrying out household surveys. Much was achieved in short period. Information collected will be incorporated into the ongoing development of the Geo-Portal to assist EMCI or government in making better decisions when the next disaster strikes in Atiu.
Date: 1st July, 2014
DEVELOPMENT OF A DISASTER RISK REDUCTION ONLINE DATABASE
The Geo Portal team has created an online database system to capture disaster-risk-reduction (DRR) information via the internet. The online database system can be viewed at https://geodb.emci.gov.ck. The purpose of the system is to capture spatial data whilst carrying out DRR surveys in the outer islands. When data entries are made, the system can be integrated in a standard GIS- application interface to view spatial data. Surveyors are assigned with a username and password, encouraged to create their profiles and make the necessary data entries. The intention with their profile creation is to warrant the information gathered. If information is ever questioned in the future, there exists a back-log to verify its authenticity. The end result is to create shape-files on the GIS-interfaces which is eventually uploaded to the Geo Network for public viewing.