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Last week the Rescue Global team presented at the US Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) meeting at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami.
Rescue Global is committed to the continuous professional development of our staff, in order to maintain currency and competency in each team member’s subject matter expertise. It is essential for deployable staff to conduct up-to-date training and be exposed to situations that they may experience in the field. To this end, the entire Rescue Global team (deployable and non deployable) have all undertaken basic prehospital medical training, and others are developing their advanced skills, as relevant to their roles. Recently, the Rescue Global Pathfinder Team Medic undertook an observational attachment at a local hospital. The opportunity to observe the way in which individuals and teams worked together to save lives under pressure gave an invaluable insight which can be applied to a post-disaster environment.
In the immediate aftermath of a disaster an array of critical needs emerge: food, water, shelter, and the ability to locate loved ones. Another urgent need, which may be less evident to those outside of civil, government or military response entities, is for information. Yet without information, responding to urgent relief needs is difficult or ineffective, as priorities cannot be identified. Further, in order for information to be actionable intelligence it must also be verified and reliable.
The Global Slavery Index puts the number of those in slavery across the world today at more than 45 million people, more than at any other point in human history. An estimated 13,000 of these victims are in the UK alone. Sadly, disasters are frequently a catalyst to individuals becoming vulnerable to this type of exploitation. Opportunistic criminal organisations, or individuals, will use the chaos after a disaster as a cover to exploit newly, or increasingly, vulnerable people. This exploitation can come in many forms, and whilst there has traditionally been a tendency to equate trafficking crimes solely to sexual exploitation, labour exploitation is currently increasing at a much faster rate. Working across the entire disaster risk reduction and response cycle, Rescue Global is interested in all aspects of disaster impacts and therefore, we have begun collaborative work to help fight modern slavery.
In our previous article Women Coders and Disaster Resilience, we paid tribute to the pioneering female scientists and mathematicians of the past, who laid the foundations for today’s female engineers and technology wizards, highlighting just a few of the numerous women who have made significant contributions science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) over the centuries. The role of STEM, and the presence of women in these fields, is significant in advancing contemporary, technology-enabled approaches to disaster risk reduction and response (DRR&R). At Rescue Global, testing, adapting and implementing innovative technology that supports cutting-edge, more effective and appropriate DRR&R, is a key element of our work. Disaster risk reduction, and building resilience to the damaging effects of environmental and human-induced hazards can take many forms, and the intersection of technology with what we identify as resilience mechanisms is widening to encompass fields as diverse as engineering to health to finance. Central to DRR&R, increasingly powered by technology and notoriously inaccessible to women, it is access to financial services that we will address here.