The GIS office at American Red Cross is deeply involved in international disaster response and disaster preparedness programs throughout the world. This site is a working website with links to many of the tools and resources we use to organize and accomplish our work. We are encouraging Red Cross Societies in countries around the globe to take advantage of open-source geospatial technologies for better project management and reporting.

Mobile Data Collection

The Red Cross relies very heavily on accurate and quality surveys to establish baseline and monitoring data for all of its programs. Mobile technology allows Red Cross to improve the quality and efficiency of programs.

The training materials and links on our Mobile Data Collection page are targeted for survey managers and enumerators. Most of the materials can be translated using Google Translate into many different languages.


We are always trying to enhance and create new tools to support our work.


We've made a ton of maps over the years for various things. Check out some of the maps we've created for response efforts after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.

Open Street Map

Open Street Map (OSM) is a free worldwide map. The data is free to download and use under its open license. Anyone can contribute to the map. The ISD GIS team is a contributor to Humanitarian Open Street Map Team (HOT) projects throughout the world.