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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...

August 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Through the use of Google Glass, communications vendor Mutualink may soon give public safety and military personnel a chance to capture advanced technological capabilities in austere environments. Showcased from Aug. 18 to 21 at the annual Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in Anaheim, Calif., Mutualink demonstrated how Google Glass could serve real-time information, hands-free, to public safety officials using its interoperability communications platform.
More at http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Google-Glass-Help-First-for-First-...

July 17, 2013 | 0 comments

Despite Vietnam’s significant economic growth in recent years, there continues to be a gap between urban and rural areas when it comes to access to clean water and hygienic sanitation facilities. Many poor households in rural areas still do not have access to clean water or to a toilet. During one of our earlier field visits for the Red River Delta Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RRDRWASS) project which began almost 10 years ago, I was struck by what a lady from a community told me. She questioned why people in urban areas have access to good water supply and sanitation services while those in rural areas do not. She said that compared to urban residents, perhaps people in rural areas were happy with a lower level of service and that the demand for better services was simply not there. More at http://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/how-provide-clean-water-rural...