Digital first responders play a growing role in disaster response. Are there lessons Canada should learn?

“Whether you’re in a developing country or a developed one, the majority of first assistance is done by local community members.”

Why It Matters

Humanitarian responses need reliable communications infrastructure. Equipping municipal staff with the technical skills to repair damaged infrastructure could be crucial as climate change continues to increase the frequency of natural disasters.

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Yoeslyn Sands is a self-confessed lover of technology, which makes being an information technology officer at Save the Children International’s regional Latin American and Caribbean office in Panama pretty close to a dream job. There, he has access to some remarkable technology — technology that could be lifesaving in the event of a disaster.

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