UNO "Mapathon" aims to help identify trapped, missing people in Puerto Rico
OMAHA, Neb. (FOX42KPTM) —
Relief efforts for Puerto Rico are still underway, but how can you help other than donating money or items?
Many maps of the territory are not up-to-date with all the structures in Puerto Rico.
Volunteers at the University of Nebraska Omaha are identifying buildings and roads for relief workers who are in Puerto Rico.
By identifying these buildings on a digital map using OpenStreetMap, workers on the ground in a decimated area will know how many buildings were in that area.
With that, they know where to look for trapped or missing people.
"My whole family is there and a lot of them I haven't been able to contact them yet, so at least this way, I feel I can help," said Yria Santos.
OpenStreetMap is a Wikipedia-like mapping system.
Anyone can help out from home so long as they create an account.