The mobile van is a unique concept of reaching out to the remotest area and the poorest of people like those in the remote salt pans.

  Village Database
A database on the village cluster and profiles of its women members (along with her household's information) had been developed at the SSK level. The chief aim of this exercise was preparedness to face disasters. The process was accelerated by the tools and technology available readily at the SSK, along with trained members. In addition, usage of fax machines, landline and cellular telephones aided this process. The information was expected to aid if and when disaster happened. In the absence of a SSK or such tools, field workers filing reports from remote locations would have to travel to the nearest district office, resulting in loss of precious time at the time of disaster. Having a SSK nearby could help them file reports using computers and then either email them or fax them to the desired location. Hence, even hourly updates could be provided. Thus, the structure and processes flowing out of a tangible construction like SSK enabled data based decision-making and instilled confidence and motivation at the grassroots. The information processed and disseminated through the SSK provided a strong 'second line' of organizing and expedited timely action.

SSK also provided a forum for on-going community education about the dynamics of disasters and their repercussions. Also, in the event of any disaster taking place, SSK would be the place where affected people might take refuge and where rescue and relief operations might be monitored. These centers would also be the origin of activities i.e. planning and administration that would form a part of disaster strategies.

In the new information architecture being developed for SEWA the data generated at the grassroots would be fed into the database maintained at the SSK which would subsequently be uploaded to the main centralized servers of SEWA. The district association office of SEWA would thus be strengthened considerably with all the information made readily available. Currently, the scope and extent of SEWA activities generated huge data, which could be utilized in much better and more creative ways. The database management systems could provide applications, which could deliver custom-built reports. These analytical and Decision Support Systems (DSS) like reports would empower the members and spearhead team leaders towards best practices, efficacious interventions and scenario-building for meaningful and necessary projects to be taken up for the future. This would be related to education, social security, their existing livelihood as well as alternative activities to help the remote rural areas link with the urban centers.

The preparedness came in handy during the floods of July and August, 2004 when certain districts of Gujarat like Anand, Vadodara and Sabarkantha experienced the devastating floods. It was at the SSKs of these districts that information was collated (brought in by members and organizers from the disaster sites), formatted and analyzed as needed and handed over to government agencies in almost real-time. To cite an example: Analysing the data, gathered from the affected villages, at the SSK of Kheda revealed that mosquito bites were on the rise in certain villages. An immediate 'informed' decision; taken jointly by the local government bodies and the district association office of SEWA in Kheda, to supply a thousand mosquito nets to the affected villagers could be activated within twenty-four hours of the information first reaching the SSK. This led to prevention of malaria and also resulted in better surveillance procedures in the villages. Similarly, it was possible to pass on hourly updates to the District Collector from the affected sites, explaining the type and extent of damage and the status of relief work in these districts.