SF is pleased to announce the start of a new project, funded by the Internet Society Foundation. This two-year project will strengthen the capacity of regional responders to restore emergency telecommunications to the most disaster-prone regions of the world.
Jean-François Cazenave, Chairman of TSF, confirms: “We all know that natural disasters are becoming more and more catastrophic, with a huge impact on already vulnerable communities. We believe it is our duty to make our technical expertise in emergency telecommunications available to regional disaster response mechanisms. Strengthening their capacities means the possibility of saving more lives and further improving humanitarian coordination at large. For this reason, we welcome this opportunity and look forward to collaborating with the Internet Society Foundation and all of our partners to help help communities that cannot be left alone.
Following natural disasters, where the need for telecommunications is greatest, telecommunications are often unavailable, interrupted or oversaturated, slowing the ability to communicate, share information and support affected communities. Through this project, TSF strengthens the capacity of key actors in emergency response in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia to support even faster and more effective humanitarian response in the event of a disaster.
TSF to equip Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Humanitarian Coordination Center for Disaster Management (AHA) and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in the Caribbean region of emergency telecommunication kits. In addition to the kits, TSF will also share its expertise on the use, configuration and maintenance of equipment during training sessions. The latter will strengthen the autonomy of emergency responders in the face of natural disasters.
“This partnership is a great opportunity to work with the Internet Society Foundation to build emergency response capacities in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, the two most disaster-prone regions. The kits will be designed on the basis of technological expertise and field experience acquired over more than 20 years by our emergency teams. And, more importantly, we will share as much knowledge as possible and how to get the most out of the equipment so that local responders are equipped with all the tools necessary for a faster response, ”explains Sébastien Latouille, project manager for South East Asia. In communities prone to natural disasters, the ability to provide emergency connectivity from the start is crucial. Thus, this TSF project is part of an overall objective of strengthening the resilience of populations in the face of natural disasters through better preparation and a more appropriate response.