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Business

By Steve Ewell

Tech Helps Vulnerable
Populations in Need

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urricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico
in the past few years have massively impacted the
communities across those regions. When a disaster
strikes, it often effects vulnerable populations like the elderly
and people with disabilities the most. Consumer technologies
can ensure that these populations receive the necessary services when catastrophic events do occur.

After Hurricane Irma struck Florida in
2017, the country was shocked to learn
that eight seniors died in a nursing home
when the air conditioning was cut off by
a blown transformer. When Hurricane
Maria struck Puerto Rico, many of the
islands deaths were seniors unable to
receive medical care. Recognizing the
needs of the older inhabitants, FEMA
has specific resources on ready.gov to
serve this community.
Consumer tech can play an active
role in helping these communities plan
and respond. A few technologies that
can help include:
● Communications: Social connections and access to information are
two critical pieces to planning and
recovery. Many traditional forms of
telecommunications like landline or
cellular telephone systems are critical.
Innovations in mesh networks or
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using drones to augment coverage in
regions with outages can help people
connect to alerts. Social media solutions like the Facebook Crisis
Response allows users to report themselves safe to their networks.
● Power: When the power grid goes
down, there are automated operating
functions in place to keep systems, and
the devices connected to them, online.
These include solar solutions like
GoalZero and WakaWaka. Generators
and battery systems also can help offset
periods of time without power.
● Transportation: Ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber can help augment public transportation when
residents are trying to leave a disaster
area. Also, this could be an opportunity for self-driving vehicles to help
provide fleets of cars that can operate
for long periods of time without suffering the exhaustion of human drivers.
● Health Tech: One of the biggest
impacts for seniors amid a disaster is
losing access to medication or other
medical services. Technology can provide medication reminders, health
tracking, and alerts to inform individuals and their caregivers about issues
before they reach a critical state.
Many of these products and services
that aid in the planning and response
to a disaster will be at CES 2019.
However, there are still lots of opportunities for the technology community
to provide innovations to serve these
groups. Recently Call for Code, a program supported by IBM and other
companies, issued a challenge to
developers to create new solutions for
disaster response.
The CTA Foundation is excited to
see the continued emergence of these
types of technologies. Join us as we
help support the use of technology in
improving the lives of older adults and
people with disabilities. Learn more at
CTAFoundation.tech.

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