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How Technology Is Advancing Emergency Response And Survival During Natural Disasters

How Technology Is Advancing Emergency Response And Survival During Natural Disasters

This was the year of natural disasters, from deadly earthquakes to record-breaking floods and California wildfires still burning today. Estimates are that the United States alone experienced 15 separate natural disasters that each cost at least $1 billion in damages.

In what seems like a constant string of natural disasters, information and the dissemination of information are key. Rapid technological advancements in a number of fields mean both emergency response crews and survivors are better equipped at tackling the immediate challenges faced during a natural disaster.

The use of social media, drones, satellite imagery through GIS, real-time disaster modeling, and widespread connectedness means more efficient and necessary…

 

Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School

missing school

“Amidst the trauma and destruction, school districts across the U.S. have shouldered a heavy burden: trying to help their students catch up after missing days, weeks and even months of class time.” Ilustration by: LA Johnson/NPR

It’s no secret that we’ve had a rough fall and winter with natural disasters. Even as we write this, fires burn in Southern California, adding to the previous wildfires in the northern part of the state that burned over 245,000 acres in October.

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey devastated communities across Florida and Texas, while touching communities in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas and Louisiana.

The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were devastated by back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Amidst the trauma and destruction, school districts across the U.S. have shouldered a heavy burden: trying to help their students catch up after missing days, weeks and even months of class time.

Across nine states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, at least 9 million students missed some amount of school this fall due to a natural disaster, according to an NPR Ed analysis. The analysis compiled missed days from individual public school districts affected by natural disasters as well as estimates given by state…

 

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