Innovation & Technology

From the Philippines: Disaster Preparedness Must Include Data Preparedness

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To ensure life-saving medicines are available in the right places and at the right times in the crucial early hours of emergencies, the best route is to have materials on hand before events take place. That’s why Direct Relief delivers carefully packaged modules of essential medicines and supplies to communities at risk of hurricanes (or typhoons, in the case of […]

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Hurricanes: The 10 U.S. Counties Most At Risk (as seen in USA Today)

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To better inform Direct Relief’s extensive Hurricane Preparedness Program, the Research and Analytics team conducted research on areas most vulnerable to hurricanes, determining the ten U.S. counties most at-risk (shown in the map above).   The conclusions are based on historical storm data coupled with social vulnerability indexes to help drive decisions around which communities Direct Relief pre-positions massive amounts […]

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Virtual Goods to Actual Good: Gamers & Direct Relief

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  As likely the only one at last week’s Games for Change festival in New York City who played “Pong” when it first came out (at a now long-closed arcade in Palo Alto, where I grew up), I was an unlikely speaker at the event.  But what a treat it was to glimpse the state of the art digital gaming […]

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Improving Philippines Typhoon Response With Satellite Technology

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A little over one week ago, I traveled to the Philippines with colleagues from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and Palantir Technologies to review progress on our shared CGI commitment to improve disaster response through better data analysis. The joint commitment began in 2012 following the response to Hurricane Sandy. Unlike the situation in New York, in the Philippines we realized that […]

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Applying New Technologies to Disaster Response

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Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to join the United Nations Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET) forum on humanitarian innovation held April 10-11 in Luxembourg to speak about two significant technology projects which Direct Relief has been involved in during the response to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines. The WGET is one of the key forums within the […]

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Direct Relief Named Finalist in Wireless Innovation Project Competition

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Last week at a celebration in Redwood City, Calif., I was honored to accept on behalf of Direct Relief the recognition of our selection by Vodafone Americas Foundation as one of eight finalists in the sixth annual Wireless Innovation Project competition, publicly announced today. Each year, Vodafone Americas Foundation selects a small group of the most creative and potentially impactful […]

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