Speakers at the launching of World Disasters Report 2013 highlighted the use of technology in increasing resilience of disaster-prone communities. The World Disasters Report was jointly launched by Pakistan Red Crescent Society and (PRCS) International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) here on Tuesday December 10, 2013. Addressing at the occasion, member of the PRCS managing body Mian Muhammad Javed, who was the chief guest, said the report has served to remind us of the vital role technology plays in so many aspects of humanitarian work. PRCS supports the notion that the government and other humanitarian agencies must fully commit to and invest in developing the tools, policies and strategies to improve dialogue with disaster-affected communities; however, such humanitarian technology and use of information must remain ethical and focused on principles of humanity and humanitarian imperative:
It is now 33 days since typhoon Haiyan hit landfall, causing widespread devastation across the Philippines. On the 12th of November, five days after the event, the UN launched an appeal requesting US$301 million in response to the emergency. Initial requirements were revised up to US$348 two weeks later, but yesterday further revisions include requirements totalling US$791 million. The increase in requirements reflects the evolving needs of the people and communities affected by the disaster. The typhoon is reported to have claimed the lives of 5,759 people and to have affected 15 million, with approximately 4 million people remaining displaced:
"I've been invited to give a "very provocative talk" on what humanitarian
response will look like in 2025 for the annual Global Policy Forum organized
by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New
York. I first explored this question in early 2012 and my colleague Andrej
Verity recently wrote up this intriguing piece on the topic, which I highly
recommend; intriguing because he focuses a lot on the future of the
pre-deployment process, which is often overlooked..." for more information read the rest of the entry http://irevolution.net/2013/12/03/humanitarian-response-in-2025/
Researchers from the University of California have unveiled a smartphone app designed to provide users an early warning of approaching earthquakes. The app, unveiled at the World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro, is based on technology developed for an early warning system designed by researchers under Professor Richard Allen, director of the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory: http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20131206-earthquake-early-warn...
STAR-TIDES Network Member, DLX is linking up with the American Red Cross to do holiday fundraising to help those in need and raise emergency and disaster preparedness awareness. Deployed Logix, an emergency management equipment designer and distributor, is proud to be partnering with the San Diego chapter of The American Red Cross to raise funds for those in need this holiday season through their "Shelter of Hope" Program.
Red Cross CEO Tony Young will be living in our rapid-deploying field shelter, the ASAP 12, until the fundraising goal is met. ASAP shelters and kits are new, low-cost and incredibly fast emergency management, command and relief shelter systems. With a 60 second deployment time and less than half the cost of competing systems, ASAP is set to disrupt the disaster relief and management...