In times of crisis IBM supports the community by providing disaster relief organisations with information and communication technology solutions.
In response to the Queensland Floods in 2011, IBM provided the Queensland Department of Community Safety a donation of disaster recovery infrastructure to support disaster management operations. The donation consists of IBM storage and virtualisation hardware, software and services.
Support for the Victorian Bushfires relief efforts
Immediately after the devastation of Victoria's Black Saturday's bushfires in February 2009, The Alfred hospital in Melbourne received the highest number of burns casualties it had ever received in one incident. In response, IBM Australia donated wireless networks and hands-free communications to The Alfred Hospital to assist with more efficient communications among health practitioners. The innovative technology solution, helps the hospital provide improved care to its patients and be better prepared to respond to future disasters.
IBM also donated 29 KidSmart units to schools and kindergartens affected by the Victorian Bushfires as part of IBM’s KidSmart Early Childhood Learning program. Through our corporate volunteer program, volunteers installed the units in the centres, and we worked with the Victorian Department of Education and Childhood Development to provide teachers with KidSmart training to help them integrate the program into an early childhood setting.
IBM’s Tsunami Disaster Response
Immediately after the December 26, 2004 Tsunami struck countries in South East Asia, IBM and hundreds of employees gave their time and funds to help in the disaster response. The company provided technology and services valued at over USD$3 million and led response efforts on the ground. IBM Australia also donated IBM equipment to assist NGO’s in Australia with relief coordination.
Our contributions included:
Disaster and Emergency Organisations Supported
IBM A/NZ continues to support agencies and not for profit organisations who provide disaster relief and emergency services to the community. Those organisations where IBM employees and retirees volunteer their services over an extended period of time have been rewarded through IBM’s On Demand Community grants which reward the organisation with a technology or cash grant.
Organisations which IBM has supported in the disaster and emergency services area include:
|Australian Red Cross||Oxfam|
|Beacon Hill Fire Brigade||Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol|
|Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad||Salvation Army|
|Country Fire Authority||SES Ryde|
|Darling Range Bush Fire Brigade||Southern ACT Bushfire Brigade|
|Dora Creek Rural Fire Brigade||St John Ambulance|
|Doreen Rural Fire Brigade||Sunshine Coast Community Rescue Helicopter Service|
|Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club||Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club|
|Glenbrook/Lapstone RFB||Terrey Hills Rural Fire Service Brigade|
|Glenhaven Rural Fire Service||Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club|
|Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club||The Smith Family|
|Laguna Vol. Bushfire Brigade||Thredbo Ski Patrol Association|
|Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club||UNICEF|
|Macclesfield CFA||VIC State Emergency Service|
|North Warrandyte CFA||Williamstown CFS|
|NSW SES||World Vision Australia|
|Nunawading Unit Vic SES|