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Last August, a Canadian researcher published an article on the mathematics of a Zombie Outbreak. Of course, the Zombie Outbreak was of the modern variety, rather than the Vodou variety, and what he found was that, based on his model, civilization would likely be doomed. In the same vein, let's consider how Ushahidi might be used to deal with such a development in New York.

Some things Ushahidi would be useful for tracking:

Locations and numbers of the undead-- for individual safety and tracking the outbreak
Locations and status of shelter locations and medical facilities-- this could also include realtime tracking of numbers at these locations and supplies
Status of various roads for purposes of evacuation
Areas of civil unrest/violence which may develop
Status of the utility grids around the city
Quarantine zones-- their locations and the performance of barricades
Locating isolated/trapped groups, to assist in rescue efforts
Latest reports on techniques for defeating the undead

I'm sure there are other ways this could be incredibly valuable... if only the protagonists of the various "Dead" movies had had access to something similar!

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Comment by Leah MacVie on April 16, 2010 at 10:06pm
My husband got a hold of this report and we read the entire thing together. He's in emergency management and it actually applies to some of the training he does.

I would like to see similar reports on alien takeovers and epic solar flares.
Comment by Dr Pete on April 17, 2010 at 4:06pm
Yeah! Something like this obviously isn't going to happen, but some of the issues, as far as emergency management goes, are real. The question he posed in the paper... how would this new epidemic progress... is real, and the results were interesting, so I figured "why not see what we could do with this tool for a similar epidemic?"

Consider it a stand-in for a deadly disease, civil unrest, collapse of utility infrastructure and civil order... what else would we want to know in real time?
Comment by Dr Pete on April 17, 2010 at 5:00pm
Actually, I had not expected this, but somebody else has already started something called zombiereports using Ushahidi


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