Friday, August 19, 2016

Humanitarianday and here's one of the best ~ Alison Thompson

Today is #humanitarianday

And this post, and blog, is dedicated to all of those that have decided to become part of the solution and on this day it seems right to pick one particular person and cause and give them an extra special shout out.

If you don't already know the Dr Alison Thompson and her decades of being the example and all around Huminitarian during so many disasters it's time to shine a bit of light on the one so often offering it.  







"It's easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time but Its Leadership to be in the wrong place at the right time." Alison Thompson
I first encountered Alison on Myspace during the Boxerday Tsunami in 2004 as early groups of #DigitalHumaintarian were working on how Emergency Management could use these emerging CommunitiesOnline to help those being impacted in a land so far and remote that before this horrible event few knew about Indonesia; Let alone the human suffering and damage to a whole way of life was unfolding, that is, until Humanitarians like Alison started acting as Crisis Free Agents and helping to connect to these communities online.


So on this Day of being human, the one that I've know the longest and still doing it needs some Love back.   Good on you Alison.  Nelson Jacobsen 


Please like Third Wave Volunteers on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @AlisonLoveLight

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Weather is the main factor in our disasters today.



The last few days (really months) have been very intense and a large part of the earth based disruptions are from weather.  From fires in California or flooding in Utah (just sticking to USA) the driving factor in many of the large now multi-jurstritional incidents -- are weather driven and some of these are further influenced from Space Weather*. For now let's just look at the Jet stream and it's wide ride over this last week.  

  • Meteorologist Domenica Davis has the latest on deadly flood water that swept through ...
  • Los Angeles Sees Unusual September Rains From Remnants of Hurricane Linda; Water ...
    The Weather Channel - 9 hours ago
  • How Foul Weather and Physics Can Turn a Crane Into a Tragedy
    WIRED - 17 hours ago

  • Sure the Jet Stream  is but one data point , however this wide divergence in it (Sept 14- 16th ) is very unusual, while I don't regularly follow the Jet Stream in detail I do keep on eye on it enough to have noticed the dip on the 14th.  And, from my local weather to the number of large scale disasters unfolding that I and others in the Digital Humanitarian Network are monitoring this was something that just stuck out. 

    It also reminded me that better use of weather data in dashboards offered to Emergency Managers and public with a UI that presented what is often complex and dispersed information into a uniform an informative tool would be very helpful during emergency instead of after them reflected upon in a blog post.   As well as some experts in weather need to be injected into EMA and SMEM conversations. 

    There's never enough good data....

    *Space Weather is what comes from  outside our atmosphere  


    Friday, March 13, 2015

    FMChip on mobile phones can be used for PSA's and phone carriers won't activate it.


    So I was doing some work with the radio with 94.7 Fresh on and was intrigued when I heard an announcement about a Campaign #FreeRadioOnMyPhone to get the word out that  Radio Broadcasters can use the chip in Mobile phone even if the network is down to allow Radio communications to be send out  and the our US based carriers haven't' simply activated this capability. 


    Evidently: 

    Every smart phone manufactured today contains an FM chip, but unlike in Europe, most in the U.S. are not activated. Increasingly, the device that people use for connecting to the world is their smart phone. For that reason, NPR and APM are working with our friends in commercial radio and religious broadcasting to urge the major cell phone service providers to activate the FM chip that is already in all the mobile phones they sell

    http://digital.vpr.net/post/unlock-fm-radio-hiding-your-smart-phone

    Yes there are broader implication to this about general broadcasting of FM on our mobiles if we choose; However there should be no barriers to Emergency Personal getting messages out to the public.  And for that alone Emergency Responder's should help get the word out about this missing tool in their PIO's and overall responsibilities to the public.



    #FMCHIP4PSAs

    Friday, June 13, 2014

    Calling All to --Disaster App Challenge, atten APP development teams, help earth win cash.


    The National Defense University’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) will be launching a Disaster Apps Challenge. 

    The CTNSP Disaster Apps Challenge encourages developers to build upon an open source disaster relief application that is already being used in the field. The challenge is looking for disaster aps that are well built and useful to a broad range of users. The challenge offers developers the opportunity to demonstrate their application’s value to citizens and first responders.

    A $3,000 cash award will be given to the winner. Second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $500. Winners will receive mentoring and feedback on further development of their applications, along with exposure to experts and organizations across the disaster response field.

    The competition kicks off at 12:00 p.m. EST and submissions will be accepted between March 19, 2014 to June 20, 2014. 

    To learn more visit disasterapps.challengepost.com


    National Defense University is the Nation’s premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader development, and scholarship. The University is an accredited graduate-level institution that provides an educational and research environment to prepare future leaders of the Armed Forces and civilian agencies for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities. http://www.ndu.edu/

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

    2014 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience Submissions.

    The application period for the 2014 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience is open! The Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience is the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) first national resilience award for superior leadership and innovation by an organization who exemplifies the qualities and achievements of Rick Rescorla, emphasizing leadership in effective preparation, response, and recovery in the face of disasters. DHS will present the 2014 Rescorla Award to honorees in three categories:
    • Individuals;
    • Not-for-profit organizations; and
    • For-profit organizations.
    Eligible candidates may be nominated for the award during the nomination period which closes on July 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m (EDT). All nominations must be submitted by email to the following DHS email address:rescorlaaward@hq.dhs.gov.  The nomination form can be found athttp://www.dhs.gov/publication/rescorla-award-nomination-form
    For criteria, eligibility and additional information check outhttp://www.dhs.gov/rick-rescorla-national-award-resilience.

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    What does it mean years later to be a crisis responder




















    From CrowdMapping in Hurricane Sandy to by a few skilled CrisisMappers, to wide scale crowdsourcing of it during Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippians.
    In only a few short years we come a very long way; And, from a group floor seat I'm impressed and resilient knowing it gets better.  And! indeed better is coming. So please make sure you subscribe to this blog and be in on the announcement. 

    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    FYI the Egpytian revolution was all free agents

    If you have heard of the term then thinking about the dynamics of what just happened in Egypt show the power of the people and there ain't more of a people then a free agent.  Because not one established pro democracy or revolution group had a hand in this undertaking. .

    If was all done by Free Agents.