Technology to the Rescue: Why We Need It in Time of Natural Disasters

Mother Nature can be merciless, the human kind suffered many loses because of earthquakes and hurricanes, like Harvey right now, which is violently taking Texas and Louisiana. However, we’re now more ready than ever before to take our stand and fight cruel winds and terrifying earth movements because we live in the age of cutting-edge technology.

Although a bulletproof system is yet to be developed, resistance based on technology is stronger with each impact, and we can see different examples of it all around the world. The list of benefits we have from technology in the time of ruthless disasters is growing, but these are the primary reasons why we lean on our devices in these terrible times.

Marked as Safe

No matter if you’re kilometers away from a disaster which is shaking up a nation, it’s impossible not to be shaken up yourself as an observer. Naturally, the shock gets even greater if your loved ones are in immediate danger and you can’t get in touch with them.

Facebook fashioned a very clever yet quite simple solution for this. In times of disasters, and not just natural ones, but also terrorist attacks which are spreading out all over the globe, a Facebook user can mark themselves as safe and thus notify all family members and friends about their wellbeing.

Warnings on Google Maps

Harvey is raging on the south of North America and the efforts to conduct effective evacuation plans, damage control, and rescue missions are on-going. Google and their team are investing their time and manpower to raising awareness of this problem by creating danger areas on their maps which anyone with an internet connection may access.

Planning and Evacuation

The India Disaster Rescue Network is based on gathering and storing supplies and equipment, distributing help, and rescue manpower that consists out of volunteers and specialists. IDRS has a very powerful concept which is capable of fighting off natural disasters which attack the south of Asia. They have a long history of trying to battle with catastrophes and their tragic experience enabled them to create a functioning system which is effective when it comes to planning and evacuation, followed with rescue missions.

Vulnerability Assessment

Raising awareness of the upcoming disaster and addressing a wide public about the forthcoming dangers is a vital first step that needs to precede all actions. In order to avoid utter panic, fear and civil disorder which is inevitable in chaos, it’s necessary to direct all manpower at disposal which can assess risks and act in accordance with results.

The earthquake that hit Nepal counts 366 people who are still missing, 17,866 injured, and over 8,000 dead. The damage this disaster brought isn’t only in human lives; the recovery period regarding infrastructure, truism, and economy on this region will take a very long time. Inadequate preparations for an upcoming disaster lead to long-term consequences, which is why it is necessary to use the full potential of technology.

Donations Appeal

But now, the world is dealing with Harvey and it’s always necessary to think about damage control. Thanks to technology, many donations have already been made and more of them are expected – there’s a charity navigator that can help you make one. Company titans like Facebook, Amazon, and Google managed to collect three million thanks to their users and each of these brands added a million. Apple isn’t at all behind – they added three more to this sum. When it comes to Dell, this brand is hoping to contribute with a hundred million in donations.

So, whether it’s about getting in touch with your loved ones and hearing about their well-being, raising awareness about the upcoming disaster in order to avoid panic and chaos and save as many lives as possible, develop an evacuation and rescue strategy, and collect donations for damage control, technology is there to connect us and make each of the processes mentioned more effective and faster.