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November 12th, 2013
Remote Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Activation in the Philippines for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan


Here are OpenStreetMap related resources that may be useful to responders.

[Update: Geofabrik set up this new downloads location specifically for this disaster. Thanks!]

If any resources are missing you think should be includes please comment below or email


Since our preparation began two days before the typhoon’s landfall we have mapped the following:

  • Merged 1,240 place names from GNS data
  • Mapped 29,845 buildings
  • Traced 3,036 residential landuse areas

If you are a response organization and have specific mapping needs please contact us at

Over 100 people have helped contribute to OpenStreetMap in the affected areas during this time. To view the extent of where this information is being added Pascal Neis has created an activity map of the area.

Get Involved

Thank you to all the volunteers to have helped so far. To make and update the detailed map that OpenStreetMap is known for it requires a community and dedicated mappers. For those that have not yet helped and wish to help contribute it is easy to get involved.

  1. Check our wiki coordination page.
  2. Login to the Tasking Manager (OpenStreetMap account required) and click on a task to contribute
  3. If you have questions join our mailing list or come to irc (#hot on To use your web browser to chat click here and select #hot from the drop down menu