2. Telecommunications for Disaster Relief (TDR)
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When disaster strikes, as it does with seemingly increased frequency, the world’s relief and rescue agencies swing into action. Within a few days, equipment and supplies are arriving from all over the world and the race is on to rescue survivors and to make sure they stay alive. A whole family of UN agencies, Red Cross and Red Crescent also arrive, and sometimes a number of foreign military forces weigh in too.
Too often, confusion reigns. There is duplication and overlap. Arranging for the right supplies, and the right skills to get to the right place is a nightmare. Collaboration and cooperation is less than effective. The wrong things arrive in the wrong place. Huge effort and massive resources fail to have their full impact. Sometimes lives which could have been saved are lost, and suffering is prolonged.
DRASTIC has the capability to rapidly deploy high performance, Internet connectivity via satellite almost anywhere on the surface of the earth. A typical ‘Internet Café’ installation can support over fifty simultaneous computer users and a number of international direct dial phone lines. They also act as a gathering point, catalyzing essential cooperation.
"Communicate - Coordinate - Collaborate!"
Specialist communications knowledge and real field experience is needed to be able to deploy reliable, high performance and cost-effective communications in the wake of disasters.
DRASTIC participated in the Strong Angel III Disaster Response demonstration in San Diego, August 2006. Read our blog of the event.
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