Rebuilding disaster-struck communities with All Hands and Hearts and what3words
But schools and houses destroyed by disasters often don’t have addresses and can be difficult and time consuming for volunteers to find. To locate the right sites more easily, All Hands and Hearts is using the free what3words app to identify, save and share each site’s 3 word address. With precise location information for every site, volunteers can be coordinated more efficiently, and have a greater impact.
‘In post-disaster rural Puerto Rico, we had a hard time using the addresses that homeowners would give us. The addresses here in Puerto Rico can be a bit confusing, and in most cases do not lead you to your exact location. On finding a house in our initial assessments, we retrieve the 3 word address and attach it to our work request forms, so that teams can go directly to the home. GPS coordinates are simply not as user-friendly with their long numbers. They can also be confusing, since homes here are so close together’ – LB Cook, Volunteer Coordinator, All Hands and Hearts.