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 consisted 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.
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.