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September 12, 2013 | 0 comments

Social media is becoming a primary source of information during disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. In an effort to more efficiently utilize social media data for situational awareness and emergency response, the U.S. Navy is funding a software prototype to crowdsource situational awareness, called Crowd-SA.
More at http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Navy-Social-Media-Crowdsourcing-Re...

September 12, 2013 | 0 comments

While scientists cannot predict when a great earthquake producing a pan-Pacific tsunami will occur, thanks to new tools being developed by federal and state officials, scientists can now offer more accurate insight into the likely impacts when tsunamis occur. This knowledge can lead officials and the public to reduce the risk of the future tsunamis that will impact California. More at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130912-studying-tsunami-resi...

September 12, 2013 | 0 comments

In many countries around the world the supply of electricity and clean water is often sporadic and of poor quality. Consulting and design company NOS is looking to address this problem with PhotoFlow, a two-in-one concept design that combines solar power generation with water collection and storage. More at http://www.gizmag.com/photoflow-dual-solar-power-rainwater-storage/28916/

August 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Homeshell is a prefabricated, flatpack home designed by Richard Rogers that was recently assembled in the courtyard of London’s Royal Academy. The three and a half storey building is the adaptation of the architect’s 2007 Oxley Woods housing development and was built to showcase a new, quicker, more energy-efficient, low-cost, disaster-proof way of building. Most impressively, the structure took just 24 hours to erect. More at http://inhabitat.com/richard-rogers-homeshell-built-in-a-single-day-in-l...

August 30, 2013 | 0 comments

When disaster strikes, survival can depend on a few basic needs. Access to clean water, shelter, warmth and sanitation is a matter of life of death in the days and weeks after an earthquake, tsunami, flood or tornado. These ideas and technologies can help you weather the worst, and help others in the process: More at http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/26/tech/innovation/in-the-middle-of-a-natural...