Disasters and humanitarian affairs
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Natural disasters can have adverse effects on telecommunications which can increase the magnitude of disaster related damage. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Group (NTT) have developed measures to protect telecommunication cables during natural disasters.
The Taiwan Residential Earthquake Insurance Program (TREIF) provides basic insurance to residents of Taiwan, that is specifically tailored to the earthquake risk in the area.
When the tsunami hit southern Asia on 26 December 2004, International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT) industries announced that it would donate water purifying equipment and expertise to some of the areas hit hardest by the tsunami and contribute financial aid to the global humanitarian relief effort.
In 2008, soon after the Tecucel River in Romania flooded and destroyed more than 300 homes, the ArcelorMittal Foundation formed a global partnership with Habitat for Humanity to improve affected families’ lives.
In September 2007, the Partnership established a formal collaboration with the American Red Cross to strengthen the nation’s preparedness and response to disasters.
In 2010, as a global food company, Cargill worked with its nonprofit partners to provide aid on the ground to help in Haiti after the earthquake.
In 2000, following a major earthquake in Turkey, Arup joined five other British engineering and construction firms operating in the country to form the British Earthquake Consortium for Turkey (BECT).
In July 2006, the International Telecommunication Union and United Arab Emirates' Thuraya Satellite cooperate to provide portable satellites for disaster relief to government authorities, rescue teams and humanitarian agencies for relief and rehabilitation efforts.
The French Red Cross is carrying out a project to introduce teenagers (10–19 year-old age group) to the basic rules of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) on the protection of victims of war and related issues.
Walmart joined with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation(NFWF) in 2005 to create the Acres for America program— a pledge to protect one acre of conservation land for every acre occupied by Walmart’s U.S. facilities to conserve wild lands and wildlife habitat for future generations.