When a natural disaster strikes, quickly gathering data regarding their scope can be the difference between life and death. Deadlines are tight, consequences are dire, and the need for control in a chaotic situation is at a premium.
To properly handle the situation, one’s team will need a strong and versatile data collection tool to unite behind. If a proper tool is selected, emergency response organization will have access to a multitude of benefits, including:
- Automatic Data Entry
- Real-time Data Access
- Offline Functionality
- Geolocalized Data
- Media Integration
Automatic Data Entry During Natural Disaster
When choosing a data collection tool, it is critical to select one with access to a mobile form’s builder. Custom forms allow their user to tailor forms to the specific data they need for the situation at hand.
For disaster workers, this spares them the stress and time of building a form for the situation. This assures uniformity in the type of data collected and cuts out the time (and risk of error) associated with transcribing paper forms.
Real-time Data Access
Data collection tools allow for information to be sent in real-time to the command center. This allows them to have the maximum amount of information available at any given moment.
In a crisis situation, every ounce of information is pivotal to those making decisions regarding the larger situation. These applications give them an optimal chance at making the right decision — a potentially life-saving measure.
Mobile data collection applications typically function without any need to be online. They will function normally while away from the internet and synch to the database when a connection becomes available.
In disaster situations, internet connections and network towers are frequently knocked out. Consequently, having a tool that can be used in zones that are bereft of internet access greatly increases their versatility and operational efficiency.
All of the data in a mobile data collector is geolocated, linking the data and its location. Usually, a GPS is needed to provide location data. This is an extra step that can be forgotten, miscommunicated, or time-consuming. Geolocalized tags automatically provide the user with a detailed map of the area and which areas are affected, efficiently aiding command in the best ways to organize response.
Much like the geolocated tags, the various forms of media retrieved from the collection scene are automatically linked to the data. Photo, video, and audio are all linked and stored in the database.
As a result, it will no longer be necessary to bring one’s camera in the field, download photos from the SD card, attach them to data, and manually geo-reference them. Like many of the tool’s other features, this serves as an efficient way to save time in a situation where it is paramount.
The value of a field data collection tool in a disaster situation cannot be underestimated. Coral Collect is a tool that does all of this and more.
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