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Inactive Project: People Locator® for Disasters
LHNCBC is no longer conducting active research on this project. Information is presented here for historical purposes.
The People Locator® (PL) is a Web system that enables family, friends and neighbors to locate or report missing people during a disaster event. Reporting and searching is done via a website and/or an app. In a disaster, this system can facilitate family reunification, help provide reassurance, enhance coordination with disaster-responding NGOs, and alleviate some of the workload on public-health personnel and other responders who interact with the community. Those looking for friends or family members can search the PL database and retrieve the information in formats designed for multiple devices. This project is one of several LHNCBC has undertaken to address emergency conditions in the event of a disaster. Along with the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Suburban Hospital, LHNCBC and NLM were participants in the Bethesda Hospital Emergency Preparedness Partnership (BHEPP) under whose auspices this project was initiated. Under the BHEPP forum, participation during multiple emergency management drills took place with a hospital-centric version of the system. For the community version of this system, the first event was activated in January 2010 and the last event was launched in August 2018. Over 60 public emergency events were responded to by the end of the project.
The project code is open source and can be found here: People Locator, ReUnite iOS, ReUnite Android, TriagePic iOS, TriagePic Android, TriagePic Winstore, FaceMatch 1, FaceMatch 2, FaceFinder Android, PLIET, and Image List Browser.
Below is a video produced to promote BHEPP: