Experts show how technology can be used to respond to natural disasters
Australia could be smarter when it comes to disaster relief, technology leaders have told the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.
A number of Australian technology experts appeared before the Royal Commission this week to explain how their developments could be used to help combat catastrophes such as last summer’s tragic bushfires.
Australian Space Agency Deputy Head Anthony Murfett told commissioners that a recent report from the Bushfire Earth Observation Task Force, a partnership between his agency, the CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology, found that satellite technology played a crucial role in combating the fires — both before, during and after they burned.
“They relate to active fire mapping, the detection of smoke, understanding the weather conditions that can happen through fire, and thinking through other things such as access to water, as well as other pre-fire information,” Murfett told the Commission…
Why business continuity is crucial
‘Leaders should reinforce their organisation’s continuity and resilience capabilities in anticipation of future turmoil’. 2020 unleashed a storm of disruption unlike any other in living memory. The coronavirus pandemic represents an extreme challenge to every organisation navigating this unprecedented crisis. The shock wave has impacted individuals, organisations and societies, and will reshape many of them.
Any organisation that aspires to long-term success must be able to weather an occasional storm. Prudent organisations not only assess potential threats of disruption, they also take proactive measures to prepare for the unexpected so the business can continue in the face of adversity.
California’s worst natural disaster: How coronavirus compares to other killers
Coronavirus’ rampage through California has now made it the worst natural disaster in the state’s history, outpacing decades of wildfires and earthquakes. As the surge continues, it is on pace to be the third leading cause of death in the state this year, a stunning potential milestone for a disease that was unknown nine months ago.
But the numbers capture only a fraction of the agony the virus has caused, considering the lingering health impacts and survivors’ pain, not to mention the societal disruption.
On Thursday, the state passed 10,000 deaths from COVID-19 since San Jose’s Patricia Dowd, 57, became the first known fatality from the virus in the United States on Feb. 6. The death toll appears to have eclipsed suicide, hypertension, influenza and diabetes to become the seventh leading cause of death in the state in just six months, judging from 2018 mortality numbers from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention…