Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Crisis Tech

"Necessity is the mother of invention. When the need for something becomes imperative, you are forced to find ways of getting or achieving it."

In the aftermath of immensely destructive typhoon Yolanda, some suggestions, inventions, propositions have surfaced, all to mitigate, aid or prepare for future impending natural disasters.

UP students recycle chargers and batteries for Yolanda survivors
Volunteer physics undergraduates from the University of the Philippines (UP) are turning old chargers and batteries into disposable energy sources that can be used by Super Typhoon Yolanda’s survivors.
The recycled devices can charge a cellphone and give the user enough energy to send at least one text message.

PNoy wants DOST to create dependable emergency communications system
President Benigno Aquino III on Monday said he has asked the Department of Science and Technology to create an emergency communications system that is not dependent on cellular networks or external power sources.

Hospitals must be disaster-proof—expert
“We should be designing our hospitals to be more resilient in the face of such natural disasters, especially disasters relating to rising sea levels. We can have hospitals that store and extract energy at the roof, as opposed to placing them at the basement. There are also certain materials that you can design and build hospitals with so they would more likely withstand earthquakes,” explained Gary Cohen, Health Care Without Harm president and founder.

Survivors transform fridges into fishing boats
A fishing community in Tanauan, a small coastal town 20 kilometers south of Tacloban city in the Philippines have been going out to sea in boats made out of refrigerators after their vessels were destroyed by a killer typhoon.

Tacloban City as global center for climate change proposed 
A renowned urban planner on Wednesday told the national government that it should transform Tacloban City into a global center for climate change.

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