9th Peli Mission: Disaster Tech Lab
Disaster Tech Lab is a non-profit organisation which provides rapid response communication networks for use in disaster relief and humanitarian aid work. Their networks and services help to connect responding organisations as well as affected communities. They also develop new technologies for use in disaster response work.
Disaster Tech Labs has a pool of skilled and experienced volunteers which can be deployed in response to disasters across the globe. Currently they are available to deploy local and wide area wifi networks as communications networks for disaster response teams, NGOs and other relevant organisations.
Their latest mission is in Arapal, Phillipines, set in a remote rural area south-west of the city of Bogo. The region is very poor and has almost no infra-structure or services. It is regularly battered by typhoons, earthquakes and volcanoes. A number of programmes have been started there to empower the local community and allow them to become more resilient. What has emerged is a community that wants to improve their situation and break free from their dependence on aid and roll from one disaster to another.
To assist this great community, Disaster Tech Lab has decided to provide technical/communications as well as medical expertise and equipment. Earlier this year, a satellite dish was installed as were a number of WiFi access points providing internet access to the main building. They also ran a number of medical clinics and provided First Aid and CPR training to a team of local medical volunteers.
Having a reliable source of communications greatly enhances the communities resiliency and preparedness while the medical training and supplies provided by Disaster Tech Lab have already proven their worth in a community which was hours away from any form of medical aid.
Disaster Tech Lab has now decided to return to Arapal to continue the project in order to make the community fully self-supporting in communications and medical needs. During their 10-day mission in late November to early December, they will complete tasks to ensure that the wider community will have access to communication services which will be more resilient than the unreliable services currently offered by the telecoms companies. Not only will this allow them to communicate better following a disaster but the internet access will greatly improve the quality of their livelihood training programs as well as the children’s education in the school.
Peli is very proud to support Disaster Tech Lab in their mission to the Philippines. We look forward to seeing the influence of this wonderful initiative.