Image if a tropical storm or even a hurricane was approaching your area. Now try to envision what it would be like if you had no advanced warning – no mobile alerts, no radio updates, no chirping app on your PC telling you to seek shelter immediately.
Yet most of the world’s population has never received a severe warning. This is the case in Haiti. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is highly vulnerable to the impacts of meteorological, hydrological and climate-related events. In 2008, Hurricanes Fay, Gustav and Ike hit the country, leaving nearly 1,000 dead and producing severe flooding. More recently, in August 2012, Tropical Storm Isaac caused more than 24 deaths and displaced thousands.
That is why Earth Networks made a Commitment to Action to deploy $1.5 million in state-of-the-art weather alerting infrastructure, including hardware and weather tracking technology, in Haiti. We announced our commitment this week at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York.
Read more about our commitment in our recent news release.