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Natural Disasters

Accelerate damage assessments and aid delivery to vulnerable populations affected by unexpected natural disasters.
Accelerate damage assessments and aid delivery to vulnerable populations affected by unexpected natural disasters.

Every year natural disasters cause massive damages and destroy lives and property. In 2011, an estimated 30,773 people were killed by natural disasters that resulted in over $366 billion dollars in economic damages. Prior to and during major disasters, critical functions along logistics chains must be organized and operationalized. Relief organizations must locate, evaluate and provide stocks of medical supplies, acquire, package and station food, locate safe water resources, and manage thousands of volunteers. The vulnerable communities that these organizations serve—those with little capability to anticipate risk due to poverty or isolation—can benefit greatly from information that enables quicker and more decisive action in response to a natural disaster.

Data fusion helps organizations coordinate faster responses to natural disasters

Our platform enables responders and analysts to fuse and evaluate all of the disparate data related to a disaster. With Palantir, relief workers can provide the information that communities need in order to act more quickly and accurately in crisis situations. Palantir Mobile platform enables volunteers to respond to the unpredictability of disasters in real time. During Hurricane Sandy (the second most costly hurricane in US history), disaster relief non-profit organizations Direct Relief and Team Rubicon enhanced their existing relief efforts using our technology. Team Rubicon also deployed our technology to conduct needs assessments and identify locations most badly damaged by tornadoes that touched down in Georgia. Team Rubicon and Palantir continue to partner on deployments to areas hit hard by natural disasters and Direct Relief continues to utilize our software to anticipate the healthcare needs of vulnerable communities for the sake improved accuracy and efficiency in medical material donations.

Palantir and CGI collaborate to help vulnerable communities

We recently expanded our Philanthropy Engineering efforts by participating in a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action. This commitment is the first of its kind, —bringing together military knowledge, medical and pharmaceutical expertise, local partners, volunteers, data scientists, medical supplies, technology, and general disaster relief expertise to more efficiently meet the needs of vulnerable communities hit by calamities.

Palantir’s technology platform enables analysts and responders to fuse and leverage discordant information in order to coordinate relief efforts, enable better decision-making and respond more effectively to communities ravaged by disasters.