Better managing natural disasters is more than an economic consideration. Impact on people and livestock should not be overlooked. The human consequences of simple things like the inability to collect data to substantiate insurance claims is an example of a disaster management issue in need of a practical solution.
The aim of this report is to help rural industries and governments understand how innovation and technology can provide such practical solutions and improve management of the key phases of natural disaster – preparedness, response, and recovery.
It examines the opportunities and barriers to implementation of these new technologies. For example, the need for reliable connectivity, not just at the homestead or farm office but across farms and out to sea is a fundamental requirement, underpinning the reliability of technology in disaster management and warning systems.