In the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally Yolanda), A4AI member Inveneo sent a team last week to assess the damages and aid in recovery efforts in the Philippines. Inveneo is working with partner United Methodist Communications (UMCOM) to create their typhoon response plan.
Deploying ICT in disaster response situations is nothing new for Inveneo. In 2010, the team responded to the Haitian earthquake, building a network that today covers roughly 30 percent of the country and is used by two major telecoms.
“Our main focus after a natural disaster is restoring communications to responders,” said Aaron Mason, Inveneo’s Sr. Communications Manager. “Our team is working to make sure that organizations on the ground have the communications tools they need to effectively coordinate their response.”
Inveneo is a San Francisco-based non-profit social enterprise that designs and delivers sustainable computing and broadband Internet connectivity in the developing world. The organization is currently soliciting donations to help assess and rebuild communications infrastructure in areas affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. For more information or to support their efforts visit http://inveneo.org/donate.
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