MISSING.NET is a participative technological innovation tool conceived by Nicole GUEDJ and Red Helmets Foundation‘s team.
Activated for the disaster in the Philippines, this humanitarian online tool allows for:
• Creating a missing person’s profile with information useful for researches (picture, civil status, last known home address, physical description and particularities…).
• Researching a missing person’s profile by different criteria and keywords.
• Posting testimonies, pictures and videos.
• Locating victims on maps automatically uploaded on missing people’s profiles.
• Incorporating feeds concerning the disappearance.
• Declaring a found person in one click.
Each major natural disaster causes numerous disappearances. Caught up in a crisis management situation, rescue teams from all over the world cannot meet the requests of victims’ families searching for their missing relatives. This is what Nicole GUEDJ underlined during the tsunami in South Asia in 2004, when she was in charge of French victims’ repatriation.
To ease research in emergency situations, the Red Helmets Foundation has imagined MISSING.NET.
MISSING.NET was created in partnership with Bearstech, a company specialized in open sources and European Consulting Services. With the assistance of MobyView, the Red Helmets Foundation also acts in close cooperation with Google and has integrated, with the help of the company Linagora, the API of the system Person Finder on MISSING.NET to mutualize efforts of identification and research of missing persons.
As a reminder, Nicole GUEDJ pleads for the creation of Red Helmets under the auspices of the UN, to coordinate the action of rescue teams during natural disasters: “Facing the increase and the growing scale of natural disasters, the international community has to take the path of a new mode of humanitarian governance. This will entail the creation of Red Helmets within the UN, for which I strongly advocate. These brothers of the Blue Helmets, organized as a head quarter in charge of coordinating international humanitarian assistance, would be endowed with technological tools as MISSING.NET or the container of satellite telecommunications EMERGESAT also developed by the Red Helmets Foundation, in order to strengthen the coordination of the actions on the ground”.
Having initiated in France the Amber Alert and the phone number 08VICTIMES, Nicole GUEDJ strongly believes that, in order to allow for a rapid response in emergency situations, it is necessary to provide the rescue teams with all available digital, technological and online tools.
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