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How Big Data Can Help in Disaster Response

Tips for Managing Employees in the Event of a Natural Disaster

From wildfires to floods and hurricanes, natural disasters are becoming all too common.

“There’s quite a few factors to consider when it comes to natural disasters or disaster preparedness,” said Amber Clayton, director of the Society for Human Resource Management’s Knowledge Center. “The big thing is making sure employers are putting together policies and procedures in advance of [the disasters] happening.”

In the planning, here are a few areas that associations should think about:

Communication. Associations should develop a system of effectively communicating with their employees, so in the event of an office closure due to inclement weather, they can connect with staff before they leave their homes for work. Obviously, safety is the highest priority, but if employees don’t get the message and end up coming to work, associations should also be aware that they could be required to compensate them…

 

Artificial Intelligence to be used to mitigate natural disasters in Africa

Over the years Kenya has been experiencing perennial droughts and floods leaving behind a trail of death and destruction.

A two-day forum on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Africa, however, revealed that these natural disasters can be mitigated using AI.

AI is simply intelligence demonstrated by machines as opposed to humans; it has been billed as the fourth revolution in the world.

“AI is an agent of transformation which is definitely going to change lives through communicating and sharing of information and data”, says Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay.

Azoulay, however, noted that half of the 8 billion global population is not connected to the digital platform which presents one of the main challenges in application of Artificial intelligence…

 

How Big Data Can Help in Disaster Response

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Image Credit: Getty Images With nearly 10,000 people killed and more than 95 million affected, 2017 sadly marked a record-breaking year for natural disasters worldwide.

With nearly 10,000 people killed and more than 95 million affected, 2017 sadly marked a record-breaking year for natural disasters worldwide, ranging from Hurricane Harvey and the massive earthquake in Mexico to Hurricane Irma and the mudslides in Colombia. Unfortunately, 2018 is turning out to be equally calamitous.

Exacerbated by climate change, the years to come may have even more frequent and higher-impact catastrophes in store. But there is some good news in this disastrous scenario: the proliferation of data analytics and sophisticated technology promises to save lives in the face of disaster. As technology gets smarter, officials and scientists are able to analyze once-untapped information. The field of big-data analytics not only allows…

 

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