Image via MoGO
A new iPhone app is helping turn citizens into assistants for rescue workers in the Gulf of Mexico. Called MoGO - short for Mobile Gulf Observatory - users can take photos of oiled or dead wildlife, tar balls and oil slicks and upload them into the database which pinpoints their location for rescue workers. The free app gives untrained citizens a way to significantly help in the rescue effort, and gives trained volunteers and scientists much needed help in keeping track of impacted wildlife.Discovery News writes, "MoGo, which stands for Mobile Gulf Observatory, will empower locals who otherwise feel helpless, to contribute to the relief effort and also help rescue networks better manage their take forces. The information will also be send to MoGo's database for later review by wildlife experts."
However, MoGO stresses that reporting wildlife, tar balls on the beach, and oil slicks in the water doesn't replace reporting it to the hotline, which is prominently placed within the app for users who are uploading information about wildlife. The oil that covers flora and fauna is toxic and only trained rescue workers should handle affected wildlife.
But the MoGO app goes a long way to helping citizens become activists and assist the strained rescue teams by pinpointing locations.
It also helps us all to get a more accurate count of impacted wildlife, which seems to be hidden from - or at the very least, under-reported to - the public.
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