A crisis situation

From disaster to crisis.

In times of ongoing conflicts in the world and climate change you all have probably seen news reports showing extreme dryness and wildfires while in other regions people are struggling with extreme rain and flooding. The past showed us that disasters can happen everywhere at every moment like back in 2019 when a tornado raged in the south-west of Luxembourg. Every region faces the risk of disaster and/or crisis due to extreme weather, landslides, earthquakes, chemical accidents or even a blackout. The list of events turning a disaster into a crisis seems endless long.

Why does a disaster turn into a crisis?

By definition, a crisis is a time of intense difficulty or danger, depending on the initial event this time can vary from hours to days or weeks. After a disaster we often experience power outages and interruption of communication networks. This leads us to some sort of global chaos, especially when most of the population is trying to get help and reach out to family and friends. This overwhelms all available resources and ends up in a complete collapse of the communication network.

We all know that communication is key to coordinate help and resources as well locally than regional, nationwide, or even international.