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How Can Blockchain Technology Assist The Victims Of Natural Disasters?

Here are a couple of examples: two powerful Blockchain tech-involved women mentioned in this article have been interviewed on Crypto Clothesline…

Hurricanes Maria and Irma of September 2017, have left parts of Puerto Rico devastated and without power since then, with entire communities flattened to the ground in some rural areas and tiny islands.

In a report dated April 4, 2018, the US Department of Energy stated: ‘approximately 62,000 customers remain without power’.

Dr Jemma Green, co-founder and chair of Power Ledger announced they are working with Dante Disparte, a grid resiliency and security expert, to use Power Ledger’s “…blockchain technology to allow companies to trade power with one another, and to sell supplies to their employees or local communities. Through this exchange, people will be able to buy power in cash, cryptocurrency or – if a company wants it – labor.”

Power Ledger is working with factories and regulators to help companies on the island finance so-called microgrid resources such as solar panels and battery storage.

By creating ways for local firms to deal with the power shortage issues, there is less likelihood of businesses leaving Puerto Rico for the US mainland where they’re seeking more resilient sources of power.

The goal is to stop an exodus of workers from the island and keep businesses from fleeing to the continental U.S. in search of more reliable power service.

This is an example of a powerful application of blockchain technology helping the community.

Listen to the full interview with Dr Jemma Green here.

The same article goes onto say:

In rural areas… distribution lines serving homes have remained down since the hurricanes struck.

When the Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, passed north of Puerto Rico it battered the tiny islands of Barbuda, St. Bart and St. Martin.  Local officials claim that about 95% of buildings, including homes, were demolished.

This is where the work of Bonnie Yiu working together with comes in to the picture.

Bonnie, a blockchain business strategist, collaborates with Tkyn whose primary goal is to create digital ID for refugees or victims of natural disaster to protect their identities and keep them ‘visible’ and accounted for.

They create this digital ID by storing people’s information on the Blockchain, and in doing, create a permanent and immuteable record that no natural disaster or wartime destruction can erase.

Tykn is looking to address the loss of identity issues created by the mass devastation of buildings and homes in St. Martin, an island of Puerto Rico destroyed in Hurricane Irma last year.

Working together with locals in the community who can verify a given person’s identity, together with the Red Cross, an organisation who also verifies that same  individual’s personal identity, Tykn creates records of people’s personal ID information on a Blockchain platform, so that in the event of another natural disaster, their ID is protected for ever.

This is a second powerful humanitarian example of a Blockchain technology application helping real people in the community, within the context of the same natural disaster.

Listen to the full interview with Bonnie Yiu here

From power grid solutions creating peer-to-peer electricity sales in a struggling hurricane-struck community: reducing the local economy-crippling outflow of workers and businesses to the mainland, to providing personal identification solutions to those left in devastation without homes nor official documentation papers, in the wake of this massive storm, Blockchain technology is providing practical answers for human challenges.

Listen to the full interview with Dr Jemma Green here

Listen to the full interview with Bonnie Yiu here


By Abheeti Kathryn Pass

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