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December 30, 2013 | 0 comments

http://star-tides.net/akvo-water-portal-akvopedia-excellent-resource-wat...
They are a top-tier authority on water solutions, and should be reviewed before starting any large water project. Very helpful!

December 26, 2013 | 0 comments

The Center for Technology and National Security Policy is proposing a Disaster Apps Challenge to help identify and judge the best existing Disaster Apps on the market. For background, we published an article on the proliferation of disaster apps (http://star-tides.net/documents/disasters-there-app) and have links to apps and articles about apps on our website (http://star-tides.net/documents). As part of this challenge we plan to host a series of hackathons to help participants improve their apps along the way. We are requesting professional expertise from the network on what makes a good disaster app. If you would like to participate in the design and criteria selection of the competition or just want to give us a suggestion, please contact Nelly Mobula at nelly.mobula@ndu.edu.

December 26, 2013 | 0 comments

The effects of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 are still affecting the work of aid groups and health care workers, but they're now getting some help from an unconventional source: 3D printers. A project called iLab Haiti, which is an initiative of Kid Mob, has brought several MakerBot 3D printers to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and is using them to produce prototypes of certain basic medical supplies, such as umbilical cord clamps, on demand. iLab Haiti, based at the Haiti Communitere facility, is currently using ABS plastic to print the devices, and while they aren't quite a finished product yet, it's hoped that further iterations will bring the devices up to medical standards. More: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/project-uses-makerbots-3d-print-medica...

December 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Life Box is an air-droppable, rapid-response emergency shelter that be quickly inflated to provide housing for four people. The Red Dot Award-winning emergency shelter contains supplies to provide relief to victims of natural disasters such as floods, tsunamis, or earthquakes. Adem Onalan conceived of the Life Box as a holistic solution that can be quickly deployed after natural disasters when relief providers are unable to reach the disaster zone due to distance, weather conditions, and the destruction of roads:
http://inhabitat.com/life-box-an-air-droppable-pop-up-recovery-shelter-f...