Sahana - Free & Open Source Disaster Management system

Submitted by jcravens42 on March 5, 2008 - 2:40pm.

Sahana is a Free and Open Source Disaster Management system. "It is a web based collaboration tool that addresses the common coordination problems during a disaster from finding missing people, managing aid, managing volunteers, tracking camps effectively between Government groups, the civil society (NGOs) and the victims themselves."

The Sahana disaster management system was initiated after the devastating Asian Tsunami in 2004 and built around the concepts of modularized architecture and component based development. In March 2007, Sahana received the Free Software Foundation's award for Social Benefit. The recipient of the 2006 award was Wikipedia.

New features in the latest release of Sahana include "the much advanced security framework with auditing capabilities, dynamic language translation, web services, RSS facility, reporting, together with a usable AJAX enhanced interface. This release incorporates numerous bug fixes and enhancements reported by the community. Further the system has been tested to handle a load of 750 concurrent users under normal hardware configurations."

Sahana is available as a Source package (tar.gz and ZIP), Debian/Ubuntu package, RedHat/Fedora package and also as a 'Portable Apps' for MS Windows users. Sahana is also available for use on the Mac OS, however "it requires just a few tweaks to get up and running;" see the web site for more details.

To obtain a copy of the latest release, visit