This small island where I live is vulnerable to disaster, not only do we get some nasty winter storms knocking out power for days, with all the trees and forested areas here a forest fire in the dry season could quickly get out of hand.
We have an emergency response team with RCMP and volunteer firefighters, and have formed a Disaster Relief team who have organized emergency shelter plans at places with generators (resorts and Community Centre). We have a 'buddy' system where neighbourhoods are divided into groups with a captain for walk-about checks. These are the people who would need Ushahidi connections so they can report in, as well as an alternate way (phone, in person, messengers) as a problem here is that not all of the island has cel phone coverage.
The data captains need: residents information - name, address, phone; the escape route; designated emergency shelter location; tide chart and current emergency condition.
The data captains would provide: confirmation the resident has been evacuated; route; emergency shelter location; pets (to account for pet food supplies); farm animal status (resident would need extra help to assist with relocation).
The data needed to be tracked: captain contact information; current emergency condition; projected emergency condition; number of people on the island (ferry counts); number of residents per shelter; information of additional assistance required to evacuate farm animals; weather conditions; tide chart; location of other island ferries and time to reach our island and boat owners/passenger capacity/dock location in case of island-wide evacuation.
When I moved here, I was given a welcome package with good information about the island, but it was only later I learned where my designated shelter is so a follow-up for me is to find out how current their information is, and if Ushahidi is something they need to know about.
I've definitely learned something from this Mission!
UPDATE: 20100503 I continue to think about this and it sparked the idea that to my knowledge there isn't a way to notify everyone quickly in the event of an emergency. I am going to try and change that because I have been given a gift of knowledge by playing this Urgent Evoke game and it's my responsibility to do something with it now. I love when that happens.