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Mobile Tech Can Make Disaster Zones Less Disastrous—Here’s How

Resilience in times of Crisis

Why do we care about resilience?  I mean, other than the fact that life is stressful, jobs get lost, things break, love is lost, and generally bad things happen?

We are entering the anthropocene era, and there’s a reason that word reminds you of anthropology or anthropomorphized.  Anthro refers to humans and humanity and that’s what it’s saying. We are entering the Age of Humans, where the primary factor shaping the planet is not earthquakes or fish emerging from the sea. The primary force that currently is shaping the earth is us.  With rising temperatures, increasing storm intensity, rising sea levels, and drier conditions we are all having to…

 

Mobile Tech Can Make Disaster Zones Less Disastrous—Here’s How

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A humanitarian worker collects information in Iraq. Something has simple as a survey can be a powerful healthcare tool in disaster responses, but groups often have trouble analyzing the results quickly. Photograph by Dharma Platform, Inc.

With lives hanging in the balance, Jesse Berns wondered why she was still using paper forms and Excel spreadsheets during the Ebola crisis.

Working in Liberia in 2015, the epidemiologist grew frustrated that there was no quick way to catalog and send patient details. It’s a problem in crisis zones around the world, where the needs are urgent but wifi connections and tracking tools can be scarce. And it wasn’t the first time Berns had been stymied by limited technology—conducting health surveys for the World Health Organization in 2013 on the Iraq/Syria border, she found the process unacceptably slow.

Berns co-founded Dharma, a software platform designed to make it easier for responders and others to gather and analyze information about people and places that need help…

 

Disaster-struck universities to collaborate on ‘climate resilience’

The University of the West Indies is no stranger to natural disasters, with hurricanes a common feature of the Caribbean. But the institution, which has campuses and online learning centres across 17 Caribbean countries and territories, suffered damage on an unprecedented scale when Hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through the region in quick succession last year.

Jeremy Collymore, honorary research fellow and resilience consultant and adviser at the university, said that the disasters caused up to $20 million (£15 million) of building damage, while the institution lost a further $6 million as a result of class disruption…

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