OVER 200 NATURAL DISASTERS ALREADY!!!
What SkyLIFE does to prevent disasters
Every year hundreds of natural disasters occur and are an ever-increasing threat to the safety and stability of communities worldwide. The damage of a natural disaster extends far beyond the initial trauma of the event. They can devastate economies and communities for years, especially those of developing countries. Often, more lives are lost in the post-disaster chaos and confusion than from the event itself. It is this aftermath where, all too often, avoidable tragedy occurs. Having an up-to-date disaster response plan already in place before disaster strikes can help defend against the unpredictability of natural disasters and that empower leaders and first-responders to react quickly and efficiently. SkyLIFE leverages advanced technology to mitigate the trauma of a natural disaster, working with local communities and relief coordinators to fortify disaster preparedness strategies around the world.
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Our Natural Disaster Highlights This Month:
- Typhoons /Monsoons/ Floods
It projected that 2020 is a highly abnormal year for hurricanes. Hurricanes Laura and Marco seem to be an indication of these prediction projections coming to fruition. Both are traveling from the Caribbean towards their designated landmasses: Louisiana and Texas. Hurricane Genevieve reached a category four off Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, causing two deaths and bringing powerful winds and heavy rains to the beaches of Baja.
A typical hurricane season has 12 storms, six minor hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. Major hurricanes reach a Category 3, 4, and 5 storm, where wind speeds reach at least 111 mph miles per hour. Hurricanes contribute to billions of dollars in damage to cities. They combine high winds with torrential rain, making them extremely dangerous and capable of displacing thousands.
As the brushfire season starts up, fires are raging in several places around the world. It is imperative to control these wildfires, not only because of the damage they cause to important ecosystems, but because they displace thousands of people from their homes every year. While some people get lucky and return home after the fire is put out, the damage of fire will require years of recovery time, both for surrounding communities and for the environment. Wildfires cause serious health problems due to the smoke and the finite particulate matter they produce. Because they wreak havoc environmentally, unchecked wildfires can increase the likelihood of floods, landslides, and debris flow.
Wildfires occur both from nature naturally and as the result of accidental human error. Wildfires can happen in any region where trees and other shrubs that experiences extended hot and dry periods. When lightning strikes these areas, the dry earth can catch fire and spread quickly, which allows for leaves and other materials to catch blaze. There are more than 9 categories of wildfire which cover the three classes: surface, ground, and crown fires. The latter is the most dangerous because they are wind-spread and move quickly over the tops of trees. Current crown fires are burning all over the world right now. As they stretch from coast to coast, the world goes up in flames from the Americas to the deserts to Australia. Forrest fires show their brute force by their quick pace and widespread growth within a short time.
Typhoons /Monsoons/ Floods
Typhoons are common natural disasters in Asia. Typhoon Helen hit China, making it the 7th typhoon this season in the western pacific. Like hurricanes, typhoons travel across the ocean, increasing in strength, moving for a long period before they weaken into tropical storms. On top of heavy winds, heavy rains create massive flooding and make it difficult, if not impossible, for citizens to get around and can devastate communities and infrastructure. Floods often have high death tolls as water rushes onto streets and traps citizens. Without the use of their cars, many people rely on help from helicopters and boats to get out of heavily rained areas.
The average Typhoon season produces 26 per year, worldwide. Monsoons are strong when season pressure and variations occur over landmasses (most common). Flooding causes $40 billion or more in damage worldwide, annually (Organization for economic cooperation and development). Flooding can happen slowly over many days, not appearing as an immediate threat, but can quickly become dangerous as water levels rise, leading to its hard-hit immediate impact to the surrounding areas; surprising many. In a flood wake, it can take many lives and harm thousands of others in its aftereffects. While the loss of life has decreased over the years, some of the worst floods have taken millions of lives. Another reason floods are so dangerous is of their secondary dangers caused by extreme water damage; once-flooded ground now contains large amounts of debris, hazardous material, mold blooms, and even waterborne diseases. Many living in the flooded region will have to rely on outside help to bring stability back into their city walls. Residents who choose or are forced to remain in the flooded disaster zones are impacted greatly due to being left without power and electricity, potential loss of jobs and housing, clean drinking water, and more. And many often in the wake of an intense flood, are left stuck on rooftops or other high ground waiting for evacuation by rescue squads for hours or even possible days for evacuation.
Earthquakes are dangerous and chaotic because of the massive amount of damage they can cause in a matter of seconds. Earthquakes also have secondary shockwaves that can be nearly as powerful as the initial quake. Earthquakes can cause landslides, floods, displacement, and the need for costly infrastructure repair. Overall, earthquakes can cause some of the greatest fallout economically, within seconds. Recently, an M6.6 struck the Philippines. 170 were injured due to collapsing buildings and, 600 buildings were damaged.
While there are thousands of earthquakes in a given year, many go by unnoticed. In the last two years alone, there have been over 226 earthquakes larger than a magnitude of 6 on the Richter Scale. One way earthquakes are measured is by their magnitude, which measures the amount of seismic energy released at the source of the quake. Each quake will feel different depending on where one is relative to this source; the greater the magnitude, the larger the scope and intensity of the shaking. Earthquakes of lower magnitudes have a relatively lower intensity of shaking because they release less seismic energy. They tend to cause less damage to surrounding buildings and infrastructure, whereas higher ones can cause considerably more damage, potentially leveling entire structures. 2020 has already seen five above an M7; and in 2019 there were eight at an M7 and one at an M8.
The Challenges SkyLIFE Addresses
SkyLIFE addresses the challenges of poverty around the world and brings stability to vulnerable regions of whom are constantly hit by natural disasters. SkyLIFE can deliver a myriad of our clients relief supplies to those in need, including fresh and shelved food, soil, water, soil, medical supplies, shelter, communication devices, and so much more.
A little more about our aerial delivery solution SkyPACK:
Each SkyPACK carries up to 10oz of aid. Aid can vary based on need, but packs typically carry water, food, and medicine. SkyPACK delivers individually portioned relief aid directly to disaster victims until traditional transportation infrastructure is up and running. A single large fixed-wing plane can drop over 200,000 SkyPACK in one flyover; however, SkyPACK can discharge from virtually any aircraft. Using this unique technology does not require any existing ground infrastructure or personnel, so receiving life-sustaining aid is just a matter of looking up. Visit our delivery solutions page for more on SkyPACK™.