Telecoms sans Frontières
In any major natural disaster, the state of critical infrastructure such as roads, electricity, and communications will play a crucial role in aiding or hindering rescue operations. State of infrastructure was one of the major differentiators between the 1989 San Francisco earthquake and last week’s Haiti disaster.
The UN organization Telecoms Sans Frontieres is prepared and equipped to respond to such disasters within three hours. Within three hours they can be on the ground anywhere in the world restoring vital communications, immediately enabling rescue teams to coordinate operations. They later provide free telephone service – stating their goal is to entitle everyone to a three minute phone call.
Telecoms sans Frontières lies at an intersection; it is a cross between my passion for communications and my desire to give where I can be of assistance. It is something I hope one day I can assist.