November 22, 2013 | 0 comments

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.

November 21, 2013 | 0 comments

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:

November 21, 2013 | 0 comments

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:

November 21, 2013 | 0 comments

(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...

November 20, 2013 | 0 comments

(By: Zelie-Sandra Munzimi) On November 4th, 2013 was held a seminar animated by Dr. Gregg Zachary, Professor in Technology at Arizona State University. His field of study on science and technology in Sub-Saharan Africa is essentially oriented to information, knowledge production and the emergence of innovation in African cities. Zachary’s studies in science, technology and Africa reflect the need of science and technology to the individual, state and civil society. Using examples, the speaker sketched out the level and character of the techno-scientific shift occurring in the Sub-Saharan region from absorption of new technologies created by distant innovators to home-grown African innovations. This shift occurs essentially in diverse domains including agriculture, health–care, media, communications and commerce. The speaker also suggested the necessity of a robust program of support for home-grown African techno science that reflects the distinctive character of the emerging urban centers and educated middle classes in the region.

In the Sub-Saharan historic charts, shifts go from adoption of mature technologies created by others to incubation of emerging technologies of their own design. The speaker explained that Africans are becoming more willing to create things on their own. Thus, even though African stories emphasize disaster, disease, strife over resources, terrorism, etc., the speaker defined Africa as a “hopeful continent”. The speaker talked about the...