On August 7, 2018, The Patterson Foundation’s (TPF) partner, NetHope, was formally recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative (“CGI”) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery for its commitment to addressing the information and communications readiness gap in the Caribbean by implementing a disaster preparedness and response plan for the region focused on information and communications technology (ICT) preparedness. NetHope’s plan to fortify the Caribbean is aggressive but important. When implemented, first responders will be able to target their efforts, communications systems will be back online quicker, citizens will be able to communicate, and information about support — food, water, shelter — will be available.
To date, TPF has invested $380,000 into NetHope’s work in creating this Caribbean Disaster Response and Preparedness Program.
TPF is not the only organization supporting NetHope’s work. Cisco, Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation, Internews, Microsoft, Rocky Mountain Institute, and the Clinton Foundation are all involved. With hurricane season upon us, this work is most critical.
(I had the honor of representing The Patterson Foundation while joining representatives from Facebook, Red 52, Rocky Mountain Institute and NetHope’s Frank Schott on stage as President Bill Clinton congratulated NetHope for its commitment.)