Just posted a new article on Schipul.com here. It has been a few months since I wrote a full article although the team has been charging forward. The beginning of the article is below followed by a link out to the full article. I’d love to hear your feedback here or through comments on the site below the original article.
NOTE: For disclosure purposes, it’s important to point out that our company has a software product called Tendenci ®
that includes a first responder module and emergency response
capabilities. Whether an organization uses Tendenci or not, I believe
the key to effective emergency response is to use familiar tools that
are widely deployed and accessible.
It will be through
extensive training, experimentation, practice and repetition, with
lessons learned properly applied, that assumptions will be validated or
found faulty, concepts proven or rejected, and the theoretical molded
into the practical ““ that process alone will yield the best practices,
policies, and procedures required for the effective employment of new
technology (for emergency response).
Lt.Col. Mark Stanovich, USMCR, Emergency Readiness and Response Research Center
“Network-Centric“ Emergency Response
As a resident and a corporate citizen of
Houston, I have kept a close eye on the progression of hurricane
season. Despite dire predictions, we’ve had only three named storms so
far. At this time last year, we were already up to our 12th named storm. So we are cautiously optimistic.
Unfortunately, I am less optimistic about
the ability of communities throughout the Gulf Coast to leverage
technology investments in their response to the storms that will
inevitably come. Too many are relying on technology tools that sit
dormant until an emergency is imminent rather than deploying
multi-functional technologies that integrate emergency response into
I believe there is a significant danger
with emergency response tools that sit on the shelf until they are
needed. Primarily the danger lies in three areas: training, reach and