An Increase in Natural Disasters
Reducing the Fallout from Natural Disasters Starts with Instant Aid
Every year hundreds of natural disasters occur and are an ever-increasing threat to the safety and stability of communities, worldwide. The damage of a natural disaster extends far beyond the initial trauma of the event. They can devastate economies and communities for years, especially those of developing countries.
Low-income communities and developing nations are adversely impacted by natural disaster. These adverse effects are due to a variety of factors. For example, low-income or developing regions are more likely to have aging buildings that are not up to code, making them more vulnerable to damage. As a result, the impact of disaster may involve greater material losses, less protection from disasters, and greater damage to homes and infrastructure.
Perhaps most obviously, poorer communities lack the necessary funds and support to recover and reconstruct after a natural disaster. This lack of available financial support has rippling effects across communities that are felt for years after the initial disaster. These rippling effects include shortages of suitable low-income housing or temporary housing, adverse health effects and a lack of adequate or affordable medical care, and a lack of access to vital services.
Lastly, the countries most vulnerable to climate-change-linked natural disasters are also some of the world’s poorest. These are counties experiencing disasters on a higher scale but without the necessary resources to survive them. With a global increase in natural disasters, many humanitarian organizations are focusing attention on ways to provide these regions with the post-disaster support they need.
For SkyLIFE, this means continuing to collaborate with governments and relief networks in order to act quickly in the aftermath of disaster. Rebuilding in the wake of natural disaster is a long and difficult process that requires a variety of different aid efforts, and at different stages of recovery. Often, more lives are lost in the post-disaster fallout than from the event itself. It is in this aftermath where avoidable tragedy occurs. Many programs are not designed to be as rapidly responsive as disasters often require or are not targeted to disaster-related needs. SkyLIFE technology is designed precisely for post-disaster relief and can fill an essential role in the recovery process.
Having an up-to-date disaster response plan already in place before disaster strikes can help defend against the unpredictability of natural disasters and that empower leaders and first-responders to react quickly and efficiently. SkyLIFE leverages advanced technology to mitigate the trauma of a natural disaster, working with local communities and relief coordinators to fortify disaster preparedness strategies around the world.