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How technology is transforming emergency preparedness

August 19, 2013 by

IRIN, the humanitarian news service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, reports on different technologies that are transforming the way aid agencies are preparing for and responding to emergencies.

Mobile phone, geographic information systems (GIS), Twitter and other technologies are increasingly being used to warn communities of potential crises and inform them how to prepare, and to help governments and aid agencies predict how emergencies may unfold.

CRS is at the forefront of using technology to improve our emergency response and development programs, including the use of geo-hazard mapping.

IRIN writes:

CRS first started using this system during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti to map out destroyed homes, track the construction of 10,500 transitional structures and calculate piles of rubble. It has since expanded the program to Madagascar, the Central Africa Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and plans to reach 30 other emergency-prone countries over the next 18 months.

Read the full IRIN article.

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