The Surge Information Management Support (SIMS) project is a network of trained specialists who develop, coordinate and implement information management systems for global Red Cross and Red Crescent disaster response operations.
SIMS specialists—who include staff and volunteers from Red Cross national societies and the IFRC—help operations leverage the power of mapping, data management and visualization tools to support decision making and enhance reporting.
When a disaster occurs, SIMS is activated through the IFRC Disaster Crisis Management Surge Desk to provide either remote or field-based support to operations, according to disaster scale, complexity and impact of the event. In addition to direct operational support, SIMS also serves as a network for information management coordination and capacity building, helping improve information management standards, tools, and expertise across response operations.
SIMS makes a real effort to stay connected into the wider information management community both within and beyond the humanitarian sector. These networks are essential for building skills, accessing data and sharing experiences. You can find below a collection of the external groups that we engage with on a regular basis. Some of them are mainly used for simply downloading and using data, whereas others are actors with which we actively work and collaborate.
Information Management has been part of disaster response operations (deployed and remote) since 2011. An interactive map of all activations is available when viewing the website on a larger screen.
You can download a table for all activations below.
Summary of Activations