Blog Posts for 2013
On 16 November TIDES exhibited at the Resilience in Your Neighborhood event at the Marian Koshland Science Museum in Washington, D.C. Our display focused on low-cost, low-tech solutions for emergency preparedness. The event featured disaster relief experts and interactive displays from the American Red Cross, Shelterbox and the National Academy of Sciences. We had a great time speaking with students and families about how TIDES approaches can support community resilience. We also connected with a Lego League group from Hunters Woods Elementary School in Reston, VA. The students are currently working on a kinetic watch that converts body heat and energy into power. Did I mention they are in 5th grade!! We were SO impressed by the group that we invited them to NDU to present their project. The Resilience in Your a Neighborhood event was part of the Koshland’s new community resilience programming. Back in October the TIDES team participated in the museum’s Extreme Event Challenge, an interactive group game which focused on a real-world disaster scenario. A special thanks to the Koshland for including us in their event!
This chart shows major donations to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, by source (in million U.S. dollars).
China has been widely criticised for its disappointing response to the disaster in the Philippines. China initially pledged a mere $100,000 in humanitarian support for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan before raising this to $1.6 million.
This pales in comparison to donations from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and others. Swedish furniture company Ikea has even donated more aid than China, pledging $2.7 million.
TIDES Project has been promoting the use of alternative/renewable fuels in disaster zones since 2007. This NPS article highlights the need to integrate such technologies with disaster response efforts: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/11/20/246325792/a-chronic-proble...
Community emergency response teams (CERT) have a new mobile app at their disposal to help track the locations of fellow volunteers and key points of interest during a deployment. Called Deploy Pro, the app uses a GPS-based interactive map to display the positions of team members using color-coded pins. In addition, the program contains a triage victim counter and CERT reference guide for use in the field: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Mobile-App-Emergency-Volunteers.html
(By: Brianna Isabelle) Wayne Chiles, a volunteer for the international organization ShelterBox and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield, VA, has been a regular face at the STAR-TIDES demo since the first event in 2007. Mr. Chiles learned about STAR-TIDES through fellow Rotarian John Bohm, who had been invited to display the ShelterBox by Dr. Lin Wells II, the director and founder of STAR-TIDES. Mr. Chiles describes the TIDES demo as a great opportunity to meet with people to whom he would not normally be exposed. He values all contacts during the demo, especially those with student groups. He explained that student groups from NDU, with their varied backgrounds and responsibilities, are powerful for ShelterBox because they are military personnel who can potentially make a connection with the iconic green box at a later date during a deployment when disaster strikes. Mr. Chiles notes that student groups with a broad international focus that come through the demo allow for interactions that may help ShelterBox with logistics in another country following a disaster.
ShelterBox was founded to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disasters around the world. Started in United Kingdom by a Rotarian in Cornwall, ShelterBox has a small professional staff and community volunteers there who help pack the boxes to be sent to disaster areas. Boxes are pre-positioned in strategic locations around the world so the initial response may make quick and...