Extreme weather causes the majority of power outages with economic impacts that range from $50B to $100B a year over the United States. The power grid is particularly vulnerable as approximately 80% of the electric distribution system is overhead or above ground. Power outages may occur when extreme weather hazards (e.g., high wind) stress infrastructure beyond rated design, or failures from conflicts related to vegetation (trees) within right of ways. Danger trees, those outside of the right of ways, that are large enough to fall into lines are particularly high consequence. We continue to lag on upgrading our power grid to be resilient with aging infrastructure and climate-extreme weather change in the face of our reliance on electrification for decarbonization. Having a robust asset-based risk framework that incorporates extreme weather stressors will improve resilience for more informed storm-based preparedness and long-term planning use cases.
In celebration of Giving Tuesday today, we wanted to share the impact of Giving Tuesday in crisis management, how it plays a significant role in bringing communities together, and how you can support these initiatives.
In our Q&A styled blog, we had the pleasure of interviewing two of our veteran employees, Conor and Maria. We sat down with them both to discuss how their military experience has helped shape their careers and how Disaster Tech, a company at the forefront of disaster technology, can benefit veterans. Conor, a former Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy, and Maria, a retired US Army Logistics Officer, bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to their roles at Disaster Tech. Their leadership, problem-solving abilities, and dedication to teamwork have been instrumental in driving the company's success. Join us as we delve into their experiences and discover the valuable contributions veterans can make in the field of disaster technology.