Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

Sahana Software Foundation

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • http://sahanafoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Sahana Software Foundation is to help alleviate human suffering by giving emergency managers, disaster response professionals and communities access to the information that they need to better prepare for and respond to disasters through the development and promotion of free and open source software and open standards.

Main Programs

  1. Software Development Program
  2. SahanaCamp Training Program
  3. Advocacy Program

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service areas

International

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ruling year

2012

chief executive

Mark Prutsalis

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Keywords

disaster management, emergency management, open source, disaster preparedness,

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EIN

27-0596562

Physical Address

350 South Figueroa Street, Suite 437

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (M02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

Software Development Program

The core activity of the Sahana Software Foundation is to support software development by hosting the infrastructure and tools used by software developers, leading core framework development to ensure quality, consistency and security, and maintaining the code base.  The Software Development Program is designed to expand the utility of capabilities of Sahana software based on robust user and stakeholder organization feedback, written procedures and documentation, and maintenance of and responsibility for the overall quality of Sahana software products.  The goal of the Software Development Program is to provide essential support and maintenance to the code base and to user organizations to ensure the successful professionalization and usage of Sahana software as a requisite part of disaster response and preparedness globally.

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Budget

$120,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 2

SahanaCamp Training Program

The main goal of the SahanaCamp program is to quick start deployments of Sahana software while building a local support community for local or national emergency and disaster response organizations.  A SahanaCamp is typically held over a 2- to 4-day period and provides a variety of experiences for attendees to work with Sahana software from both a user and a technical perspective.  This includes: 
an understanding of how Sahana software can help manage information before, during and after disasters;
a practical technical workshop to provide instruction in how Sahana software can be deployed within and across organizations;
a forum to discuss and share best practices in the use of information tools for disaster and emergency management, which may include simulations and exercises.

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Budget

$60,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 3

Advocacy Program

One purpose of the Sahana Software Foundation is to promote the adoption of Sahana software, the principles of humanitarian free and open source software, and collaborative open source approaches to disaster information manangement.  The goal of the Sahana Advocacy Program is to fundamentally transform the way disaster response occurs through innovative solutions to coordination challenges.  Through the Sahana Ontology Project, we will seek to address the needs of government agencies, humanitarian organizations and communities to be able to aggregate and federate data from multiple sources by maintaining a published disaster management information systems ontology as a means for understanding and enabling interoperability between disaster management information systems.

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Budget

$63,500.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

service areas

International

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@SahanaSoftwareFoundation

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mark Prutsalis

BIO

Mark Prutsalis is a Founding Director, President & CEO of the Sahana Software Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which governs Sahana Free and Open Source Disaster Management Software projects. He is also the Founder & President of Globaliist Inc., an emergency management and disaster response consulting company. He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA).  Mark has over 20 years of operational disaster response and emergency management experience following major international and domestic sudden onset natural and man-made disasters, and a proven record of implementing complex operational projects in diverse and austere post-disaster environments through leadership, planning and appropriate use of tools and technology.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Martin Thomsen

Danish Emergency Management Agency

Term: June 2013 - June 2014

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