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Connecting Lives When Disaster Strikes

02 Nov 2015 | John Schulz

Tagged: Connected World, Planet,

If you live in the Bay Area, chances are you have an earthquake kit in your home; if you’re located in the Northeast, you likely keep a snow emergency kit in your car; or, perhaps, in the Midwest, you know where the closest tornado shelter is located. Wherever you call home, you’ve likely taken steps to ensure that you will have what you need should disaster strike.

As we’ve seen throughout this series, our connected world is bringing us closer together. It’s connecting our cities and changing how we educate our children. Now, it’s providing connections to us when we need it most.

In our final installment of the Upwardly Mobile series, we take a look at how connected technology can change lives during a time of crisis. Not only can it connect us to emergency services and our loved ones, but it also helps those who come to our aid in times of need.

Connected technology helps firefighters find each other on a work site. It can even enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to transport TB samples to previously unreachable clinics in rural Papua New Guinea towns.

As we’ve seen throughout this series, our connected world is bringing us closer together. It’s connecting our cities and changing how we educate our children. Now, it’s providing connections to us when we need it most.

About the Author

John Schulz

AVP of Sustainability Operations

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John Schulz is AVP of Sustainability Operations at AT&T, and is focused on embedding sustainability into AT&T’s operations, products and services while positioning Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as an important sustainability solution.

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