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Nature will always be a force to be reckoned with, no matter how much we prepare. From 1998 to 2017, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, storms, droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather events killed 1.3 million people, costing the world economy an estimated $520 billion each year and tragic loss of life.

The economic and operational losses caused by natural and other disasters can also overwhelm unprepared businesses. A 2015 report from the IT Disaster Recover Preparedness (DRP) Council found that a single hour of network downtime can amount to up to $8,000 in losses for small businesses and $700,000 in losses for large enterprises.

As extreme weather events become more frequent and more intense, disaster response teams will be even more in demand than in previous years. In 2017, the Red Cross delivered more relief than they did in the previous four years combined.

As a result, there are several new technologies coming online that promise to make disaster response efforts safer and more efficient. Speedcast offers our top recommendations for technology investments for disaster relief organizations.

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