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Anticipating emergencies and improving preparedness to limit the impact of natural disaster
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New information and communication technologies can help humanitarian aid organisations to anticipate requirements, prepare for crises and quickly organise coordinated responses after a disaster strikes. These technologies provide sources of information, early warning systems, training and awareness programmes and fundraising opportunities that never existed before.

They also help:

– Identify needs earlier

– Better prevent crisis situations

– Organise coordinated interventions on the ground more quickly

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Fondation Thales-Humanitaire

Humanitarian technologies include all these new ways of preventing and mitigating risks related to natural and environmental disasters, improving preparedness and enhancing society’s capacity to respond and rebuild.

These technologies are still not used as extensively as they might be, partly because they have not been systematically evaluated or made widely available, and partly because the effort to introduce new technologies is often focused on other, more conventional sectors of the economy. And yet satellite imagery, unmanned systems, advanced information systems and other technologies could have an enormous impact on humanitarian efforts.

Thales therefore has a role to play in anticipating humanitarian crisis, and particularly in improving emergency preparedness before natural disasters occur. Due to the nature of its business, Thales and its employees are often required to work for people who operate in harsh environments and risky situations.