Was Palu prepared?

If you have read my previous posts, you will have noticed that my focus was on the small island countries located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which are affected by natural hazards on a regular basis. My posts so far has described the different innovative ways these countries have …

#UnaSolaFuerza : how ICTs became central to Peru’s aid efforts following the El Niño-floods in 2017

The El Niño Phenomenon is a periodic weather pattern that occurs with a frequency of 10-20 years. The surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean around the equator rises which usually increases precipitations in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.  In March 2017, a particularly strong El Niño-episode caused extreme rainfall and floods …

Introducing the Serval Mesh – an open source mesh telephone system piloted in Vanuatu

Information communication technologies (ICTs) have become a lifeline for people affected by disasters. ICTs help them to maintain contact with family and friends, and provide access to information, for example: where to find food, shelter or medical assistance. However, what happens when the traditional forms of ICTs, such as cellular …