• CrisisReady 2022 Annual Report

    Over the past year, CrisisReady has launched several new research projects, workshops, and digital tools to advance crisis response and health system resilience.

    Read about these exciting projects in CrisisReady’s 2022 annual report!

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  • Cities, Data, and Refugee Needs: A Workshop on the Ukrainian Crisis

    In June, CrisisReady and Direct Relief led a workshop in Budapest, Hungary to brainstorm how to to improve city-level analyses of refugee dynamics, needs, and investments prompted by the war in Ukraine.

    The workshop resulted in a report, which recounts key points of discussion that took place.

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  • The Use of Human Mobility Data in Public Health Emergencies

    Efforts to leverage mobility data in public health response have been laudable but fraught with limitations and potential for inadvertent harm.

    CrisisReady’s new white paper identifies the gaps that hinder the integration of novel data into the field.

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  • Using Novel Technologies to Forecast the Needs of Medically-Vulnerable Populations During Wildfires

    On May 26, CrisisReady hosted its monthly DMDN meeting, which featured an overview of the team’s recent work on wildfire emergencies in California, particularly the Health Systems Resilience Decision Support System, which gathers information needed to optimize resource allocation during wildfires.

    Watch the Meeting Recording
  • Connecting the dots: understanding how human mobility shapes TB epidemics

    How do human mobility patterns influence the dispersal of novel tuberculosis strains?

    CrisisReady co-director Caroline Buckee and others examine the scientific questions and methodological issues within this topic.

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  • Interactive Dashboard: Tracking Dispersal Patterns of Ukrainian Refugees

    6.3 Million refugees have fled Ukraine as the humanitarian, economic, and geopolitical impacts of Russia’s invasion of the country continue to unfold.

    In response to this refugee crisis, CrisisReady updated its interactive map, providing new insights on the dispersal patterns of refugees throughout Europe.

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  • How User Data Gathered from Facebook Can Support Humanitarian Aid and Help Save Lives

    CrisisReady co-Director Andrew Schroeder explains how data reflecting refugee movement patterns are helping guide humanitarian response activities amid the war in Ukraine.

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  • Ukraine War: Mapping Population Desnity Changes and Dispersal Patterns

    In an ongoing effort to share data and insights as the war in Ukraine unfolds, CrisisReady is producing map analyses that show population density changes around the western border of the country.

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  • Data in Crisis – Rethinking Disaster Preparedness in the United States

    Building integrated translational pipelines that use data rapidly and effectively to address health effects of natural disasters will require substantial investment, which must rely on evidence of which approaches improve outcomes. But promising solutions are available.

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CrisisReady works with international agencies, governments, NGOS, and technology companies to implement Data, Methods, and Translational Readiness for response to health emergencies and disasters. 

Our Work

California Wildfires Project

Predicting and responding to dynamic health-system demands in the context of the CA wildfires and PSPS events.




Engaging a community of collaborators in academia, industry, and government to build trustworthy, open-source software tools for privacy-protective statistical analysis of sensitive personal data.


Disaster Mobility Data Network

Mobility data can play a vital role in all aspects of emergency management, from building resilient infrastructure and transport systems, to measuring rates and directions of evacuation, to assisting with targeted, timely, and effective recovery efforts.


Safe, Responsible, Fair and Equitable use of Human Mobility Data

The CrisisReady team hosted a series of seminars in March and April 2020 to build consensus around key technical, ethical and policy issues…

Data Policy

COVID-19 Mobility Data Network


A network of infectious disease epidemiologists at universities around the world working with technology companies to use aggregated mobility data to support the COVID-19 response.

Mobility Data

Rapid Response Grants

CrisisReady supports and sustains the practical engagement of academic researchers in response to disasters and public health emergencies by providing small, fast-tracked grants which enable academics to devote focused time and attention to key problems in data, methods, and translational readiness.


Nowcasting Population Displacement During US Hurricanes

The combination of human mobility data with other datasets can allow a better understanding of unprecedented situations, such as the behavior of populations affected by multiple simultaneous disasters.


Facebook Mobility Map

The data contained in this map displays county level changes in the rates of mobility and staying put, which can allow people to understand the degree to which their communities may be adopting physical distancing efforts.

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