Oil Spills. Hurricanes. Tsunamis. Natural and man-made disasters are, by their nature, devastating and unpredictable. But our response to them shouldn’t be.
If we’ve learned anything from the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s that great ideas aren’t enough to solve a catastrophic problem. There must be a fast and efficient way to collect, vet, manage and mobilize solutions, personnel and the resources to solve the problem. This is why we’ve created the Emergency Response 2.0 Pavilion - to provide a place for Solvers to apply their unique expertise when cataclysmic events occur. This pavilion is our commitment that if and when a disaster does occur, we’re ready to engage the best minds in the world to provide solutions, and to get those solutions to the people who can put them into action.
We’ll be adding functionality to this space over time, including news feeds and other resources, but for now, we’re using the Pavilion simply to house Challenges that need to be solved immediately. For more information about specific crises, and to get the latest updates from agencies on the ground in disaster affected areas, click on the following links -
Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/
Deepwater Horizon Response Home Page - http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com
Crisis Commons - http://crisiscommons.org/
United States Environmental Protection Agency - http://www.epa.gov/
InnoCentive’s stand on the need for Emergency Response 2.0 - http://blog.innocentive.com/?s=emergency+response&x=21&y=13