With disaster response and recovery still leading the news across the country, the Red Cross announced yesterday a groundbreaking joint effort with Dell that will change the future of disaster response, the new Social Media Digital Operations Center for Humanitarian Relief.
Previously, all disaster response was based on direct incoming communications to emergency services. The new Digital Operations Center will monitor local and regional social media for real-time intelligence on rapidly changing life-threatening situations.
Click here to learn more about the new Digital Operations Center.
Click here to see an interactive timeline about the evolving use of technology for disaster response.
Of course, the devastating tornadoes of the past week are also a stark reminder about the importance of disaster preparedness. Having a plan and resources in place before disasters strike is the best way to save lives and ensure the quick recovery of your business.
This is the bare minimum every business and home should always have on the ready:
- One gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
- Non-perishable food such as canned goods and energy bars
- Hand crank or battery-powered radio
- NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- Well-stocked first aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape for shelter
- Moist towelettes
- Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Basic tools: hammer, screwdriver, knife, and wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Extra batteries for everything
Click here for an extended list of emergency supplies.