Disaster Relief & Recovery

IBM Responds to Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas on Thursday, and already (at the time of this publication) has claimed at least 42 lives, left more than one million people without power, and caused record-breaking floods. Though now downgraded to a tropical storm, Florence’s progress has slowed – which means it continues to saturate already-flooded areas […]

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Preparing for Disasters, Service and Recovery

In the United States, September is National Preparedness Month – a time to remind  ourselves to be prepared for disasters and emergencies in our homes, businesses and communities. Last year’s devastating hurricanes and wildfires are still in mind for many. As you read this, wildfires are still burning in California and the Pacific Northwest, while […]

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Paying Tribute to Humanitarians Who Risk Their Lives in Service

On World Humanitarian Day each August 19, we pay tribute to those who have put themselves in harm’s way in service to others, and rally support for those who endure and survive humanitarian crises around the world. When natural disasters and other humanitarian crises occur, a wide variety of governmental and nonprofit organizations provide aid […]

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IBM Calls on Developers to Answer the CALL FOR CODE

Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, from devastating hurricanes to historic wildfires and flooding. Mitigating the impact of natural disasters is one of the world’s greatest challenges today. The advancement of technologies like AI, blockchain, IoT and cloud can vastly improve preparedness, response time, and long-term support in hard-hit […]

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Disaster Volunteering in the Modern Era

In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, made landfall near Houston. Its effects were catastrophic. FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) designated 41 counties in southeast Texas and 20 parishes in Louisiana as federal disaster areas. The agency received more than 888,000 individual assistance applications in Texas alone. USD$8.73 billion in federal […]

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Corporate Citizenship and the Global Refugee Crisis

Ban Ki-moon, eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, once said, “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety, and a better future.” The more than one million migrants and refugees that have recently streamed into Europe from the Middle East and Northern Africa hold those very aspirations, even while they face danger […]

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