UW-Extension uses crisis-tracking software for drought reports

As July opens, more than half of Wisconsin is under “abnormally dry” or “moderate drought” conditions. As part of its efforts to provide reports and resources on the drought, UWEX is making use of a sophisticated software platform that’s been developed over the last four years to track emergency situations so resources can be deployed most effectively.  The platform “Ushahidi” has become pretty well known because of crises in Sudan, the Haitian earthquake and other disasters.  It’s more than just mapping “dots.”  It allows you to document the situation as it unfolds and link in many new sources of information that are highly contextual.