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Nurses on the front lines of Hurricane Maria are coding to improve responses to natural disasters

Suaih Morales and Doris Velazquez, two nurses in San Juan, Puerto Rico, saw first-hand issues with resource logistics after being on the front lines of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Despite being code newbies with no development background, the two women attended a Call for Code Hackathon in Bayamón in May. Together, they created a website that can feed a database with demographics and health information. This information will help healthcare professionals create statistics, care plans, and even vaccination clinics if needed. After the disaster, healthcare workers can use this data to deploy customized resources through push notifications with the help of IBM Cloud technology and solutions, like Project Owl’s mesh network, that will allow Wi-Fi access when connectivity is lost.