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.  

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  • 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. 


    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

    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.