Category Archives: Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Response

Crisis Mapping in Nepal

By Jackie Faselt Crowdsourced crisis mapping was introduced as an important technology in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief field during the 2010 Haiti earthquake and in the past five years it has greatly expanded in scope and efficiency. Crisis … Continue reading

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“Who’s in Charge?” (A Personal Account of the Typhoon Haiyan Simulation at Fort A.P. Hill)

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) (the strongest typhoon recorded in history[1]) made landfall in the Philippines, leaving devastation affecting more than 14 million people.[2] The U.S. military, USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and several U.N. agencies rapidly … Continue reading

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Talking Toilets: An Interview with Jason Kass, Founder and President of Toilets for People

By Nicholas Arciniegas The “CRAPPER.*” This is the name Jason Kass, Founder and President of “Toilets for People” (TFP) chose for the simple and sustainable toilet design (*“Compact, Rotating, Aerobic, Pollution Prevention Excreta Reducer”) his organization has sold in developing … Continue reading

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The Rise of a Guru (Interview with Vinay Gupta)

By Jonathan Fredrickson You can never truly know where life will take you. If there is anything that I took away from my conversation with Mr. Vinay Gupta, it is that truth. On March 31, 2014, I spoke with Vinay … Continue reading

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“Hey there, Refugee. Here’s a Burlap Sack. Thanks for Coming.” (A Personal Account from the American Red Cross Global Refugee Simulation & Conference)

By: Amy Gorman “You are now a refugee from the country of Qinta. Here are two tokens that represent your sense-of-self. Don’t let anyone take those from you. And here’s a burlap sack to wear as a skirt. Good luck.” … Continue reading

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IKEA Solar Tents: A Revolution in Refugee Support Systems?

By Jonathan Fredrickson In 2009, an ambitious undertaking began under the auspices of the IKEA Foundation, Refugee Housing Unit, and the UNHCR. Looking back to the historic crisis that unfolded in the aftermath of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, these organizations … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned vs Lessons Applied A Comparison of Operation Tomodachi and Operation Damayan

by Amy Gorman and Jonathan Fredrickson As natural disasters continue to grow in both severity and number, the capability of the Department of Defense (DoD) to assist in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) efficiently and rapidly is an utmost … Continue reading

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Post Disaster Housing & Resettlement: What can we do?

by: Amy Gorman & Jonathan Fredrickson The Filipino national government estimates that the cost to rebuild from Super Typhoon Haiyan total more than $8.2billion over the course of the next 4 years. [1] Within this estimate, sheltering is by far the … Continue reading

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TIDES shares sustainable solutions with Special Operations Community

By LouElin Dwyer Earlier this month, TIDES exhibited at the 25th Annual SO/LIC (Special Operations/ Low Intensity Conflict) Symposium & Exhibition at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, in Washington, DC.   This year’s show explored integrating worldwide partners to support global … Continue reading

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STAR-TIDES supports “Shaping the Maritime Strategy at WEST 2014

by Amy Gorman To check out pictures from this event, click here (http://star-tides.net/photos/west-2014-san-diego) or check out our Facebook Page! For the 7th year in a row, TIDES participated in the WEST Conference, a conference held at the San Diego Convention … Continue reading

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