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Life In 360°: In The Wake Of Disaster

The end of the week and for once I am actually not here but instead far away doing me-related things. Don’t worry though, because we’ve still got an edition of Life In 360° to begin our Friday wind down on the week. Despite it being post-Gamescom there’s been plenty of news and other items heading up on the website, so if you haven’t already be sure to give the whole of the front page a good once-over.

Life In 360° / 360 Degree VideoToday’s video carries on a recent tendency of looking into the aftermath of disasters from across the world, though this time not from a human point of view, but that of animals. The video was sent our way by Koncept VR, who are familiar faces to Life In 360° at this time, and by  the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – or ASPCA for short – it being their first-ever venture into 360 degree filmmaking. The video in question covers the work done by ASPCA in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017 and takes us to St. Croix, one of the the U.S. Virgin Islands.

When disaster is about to strike, it’s only natural people plan ahead for securing the important things and of course making sure the family is secure. ASPCA are keen to remind people that making sure the family is safe should also include any other adopted members of it.  Following the hurricane, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requested the help of ASPCA, and, supported by Nylabone, the organsiation ended up staying on St. Croix for more than three months, working to rescue or assist 22,000 displaced cats, dogs and horses and other animals.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)“While there have been vast improvements in disaster preparedness for animals in recent years, experiencing a disaster first-hand helps people truly understand the importance of planning in advance,” explained Senior Director of ASPCA Disaster Response, Dick Green. “By giving pet owners an inside look at our emergency response operation via 360-degree video, we hope to further inform the public about the impact disasters situations can have on animals and inspire them to prioritize their own preparedness plans.”

You can find out more on the related website. I’ll be back with another example of 360 degree video use from around the world on Monday, so join me then on VRFocus.