Mapping communities is an integral part in creating a disaster resilient environment. By identifying points of interest, critical facilities (e.g. health centers, schools, town halls), buildings, and other infrastructures in the community, areas vulnerable to disaster can be easily identified, and risk and exposure details (number of affected houses, commercial buildings, evacuation centers) would be readily estimated.
If the locals will map their own communities, disaster preparedness measures will be more engaging and effective, especially in identifying hazards and risk exposure in the community.
Here’s a set of step by step instructions on how you can map your community using Open Street Map (OSM).