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How to use ReliefWeb - A new interactive online training

By Andrew Kobylinski

Are you new to ReliefWeb? Or maybe feel that you need a refresher course on how to find humanitarian information? Then the new ReliefWeb Online Tour at DisasterReady.org could be just what you need.

With over 550,000 humanitarian situation reports, maps, news, press releases, evaluations, and guidelines available on ReliefWeb, and more than 100 new updates each day, finding specific humanitarian information can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you are pressed for time before deployment or new to the site.

So ReliefWeb has teamed up with DisasterReady.org to create an online training tour that teaches you how to navigate ReliefWeb and make the most of some the most popular features. DisasterReady.org is a free, easy to use online training resource designed to help prepare aid workers for the demands they face in the field.

Let’s imagine you are being deployed to South Sudan. You're going to need the latest as well as background information on the humanitarian situation to help you make appropriate operational decisions while you're there. This online tour will teach you step by step on how to find humanitarian information relevant to the locations, sectors, and beneficiary groups that you are to work with.

It will also demonstrate how you can receive humanitarian information by email and on your mobile device.

The online tour is divided into four components:

  1. How to find country specific humanitarian information by using the filters (faceted search) and effectively use of the ReliefWeb country page

  2. How to find humanitarian information by organization

  3. How to create and use a ReliefWeb account so that you can receive humanitarian update by email

  4. How to use ReliefWeb mobile

The online tour also teaches users how to submit information to ReliefWeb, a task particularly important for those who prepare humanitarian reports or are posted to humanitarian emergencies.

The ReliefWeb online tour is just one of the many online humanitarian training courses DisasterReady.org designed to increase the preparedness and effectiveness of humanitarian aid workers in natural disasters and conflicts.

Check out the ReliefWeb Online Tour: at disasterready.org

Registered Users If you are a registered user at DisasterReady.org, click here to log into your account. The course Launch button will appear to begin our new online tour.

New Users If you are not a registered user, visit DisasterReady.org and register for free (it will take about 1 minute to register). After you log into the site, look for our course on our home page under the Featured Course heading or search for it by typing in the word Relief in the search box at the top right corner of the page.