FEMA hosting Think Tank conference - July 18

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Please join Richard Serino, FEMA Deputy Administrator, for a Think Tank on July 18, hosted from San Francisco. This Think Tank session will provide the opportunity to discuss innovations that emergency management officials should know about. The goal is to take innovations that are not necessarily associated with emergency management and relate them to the field in order to improve the way we do response, recovery, preparedness, protection, and mitigation.

What:  FEMA Think Tank
Who:   FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino
           Autodesk Inc. Director of Strategic Innovation Maurice Conti
           Bespoke Innovations Founder and Chief Technology Officer Scott Summit
           TechShop Chief Executive Officer Mark Hatch

When:  Thursday, July 18

Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) 2 – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Where:  San Francisco, CA

CALL IN:  888-323-9869


Captioning:  Fedrcc.us

The FEMA Think Tank is a forum to engage the whole community, connect resources and share best practices, and develop solutions based on individual stakeholder input to the challenges we face in emergency management. Featured topics have included disaster survivor experiences; innovative efforts during Hurricane Sandy response and recovery; new technologies in emergency management; disability integration; and the integration of healthcare, public health and emergency management.

The July 18 Think Tank session will provide the opportunity to draw on the experiences of innovative leaders in various sectors to discuss the constructive integration of existing, new, and forward thinking innovations that improve a product or service in unexpected ways. Some examples of this type of innovation include: cloud computing; Light Emitting Diodes; Wireless Emergency Alerts; and geospatial imagery. While these innovations are mainstream today, at the time of introduction to the marketplace, they were new and exciting.

Emergency management continues to find novel ways to deliver the critical services that communities expect in a smarter, faster, and better manner.  Within the past few years’ advances in technology and newly developed partnerships have allowed emergency management to better serve and meet the immediate needs of the public. For example, items such as the cell phone are now used to provide critical instructions to warn about imminent threats like severe weather or flash flooding through WEAs. Timely and accurate information displayed on a map is critical to emergency responders. Now with the expansion of geospatial technology, high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery can provide more accurate, readily available information to support first responders and officials during emergency responses.

We are excited to explore other innovations that can be used, or should be developed.  Before our next call, we encourage you to visit the online forum at FEMA.gov/thinktank to share your own innovative ideas and how they could relate to emergency management.

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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