The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has released the Verification Handbook, the first ever guide for using user-generated content (UGC) during humanitarian emergencies. The many new technologies out there imply that there are many new technologies to wittingly or non wittingly invade people's privacy. This is a concern of the Red Cross and other large agencies working in this field and this is the firsts journal that addresses this. TIDES is also working in thsi area with NORTHCOM. NORTHCOM's mission includes dealing with disasters from Canada to Mexico including supporting domestic civilian authorities in disasters such as in Hurricane Sandy or Katrina. As such, in the US, people must be careful to not use information that would otherwise be protected by privacy issues
The dramatic images of natural disasters show that nature, not the people preparing for hazards, often wins the high-stakes game of chance. Sometimes nature surprises us when an earthquake, hurricane, or flood is bigger or has greater effects than expected. In other cases, nature outsmarts us, doing great damage despite expensive mitigation measures or causing us to divert limited resources to mitigate hazards that are overestimated. Much of the problem comes from the fact that formulating effective natural hazard policy involves combining science, economics, and risk analysis to analyze a problem and explore costs and benefits of different options in situations where the future is very uncertain:
Some of the tough questions include:
How should a community allocate its budget between measures that could reduce the effect of future natural disasters and many other applications, some of which could do more good? For example, how to balance making schools earthquake resistant with hiring teachers to improve instruction?
Does it make more sense to build levees to protect against floods or to prevent development in the areas at risk?
Would more lives be saved by making hospitals earthquake resistant or by using the funds for patient...
Disasters triggered by natural hazards such as floods, droughts, storms or fires affect millions of people every year and result in billions of dollars in economic losses. The United Nations therefore works to improve its Member States’ capacities to reduce Disaster risks, to foster resilience and to respond effectively to such disasters by using space technologies. In its role as a gateway to spacebased information, UN-SPIDER compiled this newsletter to highlight some examples of how and why space technologies are used by the United Nations in the context of disasters. These case studies are examples of the extremely valuable work carried out throughout the entire UN system: http://www.un-spider.org/about/newsletter/un-spider-newsletter-114-space...
This week - February 10-13 - TIDES is at the February JIFX joint interagency experiments at Camp Roberts, CA - an event that brings together hundreds of DoD, US Government, state and local government, private sector and NGO reps to explore cooperation and to perform field testing of technologies for disaster relief and emergency response. JIFX live blog: http://jifxlive.weebly.com/
Action Systems/T2C3 T2C3 (Tactical Tempest Command & Control Center) is a platform for secure, mobile, and flexible field-based command & control communication that can be adapted for a wide variety of scenarios and environments. http://www.t2c3.com/
Day & Night Solar Sun Commander® Series 8000, a solar PV mobile unit with on-grid/off-grid capabilities will be fully charged and ready to supply immediate and continuous power with various connection options available during power outages or disasters. Recipient of the 2013 NECA Showstopper award for their patent pending Sun Commander® Series 8000. www.dayandnightsolar.com
EcoLoo NDU ECOLOO Group is a leading green innovation organization from Sweden that innovates, designs, markets and produces sustainable toilet technology to solve water, sanitation and hygiene issues and achieve environmental sustainability. The Group is supported by partners across Africa and Asia and soon North America. ECOLOO is odorless, waterless, sewage less, requires no plumbing, no piping, no maintenance, no waste collection, and uses special formula to treat and transform the waste into value added organic fertilizer. www.ecoloogroup.com
eFedSystems Corporation/ Tri-Star Services Program Management and Contract Administration on several Multiple Award Contract vehicles (like SeaPort-e, GSA...