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Emergency response to natural disasters: Blockchain to the rescue

from Supply Chain Brain

Effective emergency response to a natural disaster requires rapid, coordinated action among multiple parties. Suffice to say that such a level of efficiency has been sadly lacking in many prior relief efforts. Can blockchain make it happen? Rarely does a location struck by a natural disaster lack parties willing to donate aid, in the form of food, medicine, shelter and other essential supplies. The problem is one of logistics. The 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 saw an influx of international aid by nations, nongovernmental organizations and individuals. But the effectiveness of their efforts was undercut by the inability of all parties to communicate on a single platform. As a result, aid didn’t always get to where it was most needed in a timely fashion. Relief parties couldn’t easily match resources with demand. more

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