Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon surprised more than one person when he showed off the possibility of using drones to make delivery of Amazon goods to people's doorstep. See this 60 Minutes segment on Amazon Interestingly the delivery of pizza by Dominos using drones was considered a publicity stunt just a few months back.
I encourage you to watch the entire video (the drone part is at the end). It shows how modern companies are acting and building for the future, taking advantage of technology. Just this past week I blogged on Amazon's Web Services (AWS) and how it has taken off. I think they maybe backed into cloud services because they needed it for their own system's functioning.
Here is the point I see from the story and the application to emergency management. Bezos knows that drones and drone delivery won't fly until the rules and regulations are worked out by the FAA. The date for that is projected to be in 2015. He thinks the technology to make the delivery of Amazon goods by drone might be ready by that date. It is these commercial applications of drone technology that will help us in our application of drones for our needs for situational awareness. Business will plow the way for us--since they have the lobbying power and oomph to tailor new regulations.
Stand by for more news on drones--it is a disruptive technology!
If you are in higher education emergency management, and you have a travel budget, you might consider the Best Practices in Higher Education Emergency Management Conference
Note that they are still entertaining proposals for presentations.
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“Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.” Laurence J. Peter In disaster recovery this then is the biggest issue we face; the desire to put things immediately back to where they were.
I see two challenging forces at work in recovery. First is the desire for speed in order to get business going again and for people to have a semblance of their previous lives. Secondly, there is the need for a more deliberative approach that allows for real dialog between people impacted by the disaster to achieve a new and better community.
You know we complain about the status quo, but then want to resume it as soon as possible—I think in large part because that is what we know and are familiar with.
Another quote I just read this morning, “Walter Peacock and Kathleen Ragsdale…assert that a market based disaster recovery process often leads to the restoration of the status quo rather than the incorporation of principles of equity.”
How many different types of emergency management software "mousetrap" solutions are there? I really don't know and by stumbling across Emergency Visions I found one that I had not heard of before.
Due to my work schedule and need to "get things done" I have not had the time to poke around this system. Feel free to leave a comment if you know something about the product or the company.
HSIN just released a newsletter, see HSIN Advocate
The question I have for you is, "How much do you use HSIN and what do you use it for?" Do you find it a valuable source of information or are there other sources of information that you use instead of HSIN that you find more pertinent?
Information is King and knowing what channels are being used to share and find out relevant information is something emergency managers need to understand. Please leave a comment on how relevant you find HSIN to be.
This is a county level position Chief of Emergency Management in New Mexico.
A couple of qualifications that you don't see every day for an emergency management position:
- Currently possess a Wild land Fire “Red Card” or must receive certification within one (1) year from date of hire in one or more of the position descriptions in the National Interagency Incident Management System Wild land Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1 related to emergency management duties within an Incident Command Post or Emergency Operations Center.
- Currently licensed or certified by the State of New Mexico as an Emergency Medical Technician, firefighter, paramedic or sworn law enforcement officer preferred.
Most of us know Amazon for their e-marketplace. My wife, Mary, loves her "Prime" status and the free shipping that comes with it. But, there is another completely different Amazon Web Services (AWS) that is one of the major players in hosting web services and developing cloud storage capacity. Here in Western Washington and the Puget Sound we have our FirstToSee Social Media System to include a citizen App running on Amazon Cloud Services.
Here's a few numbers for you. In the fourth quarter of 2013 AWS is expected to generate $1B in revenue. And, Amazon hosted a conference on their web services that drew 9,000 attendees to Las Vegas. Lastly, the CIA is paying Amazon to build a private computing cloud for the agency, cost $600M. I think the Cloud is here to stay!
The numbers above came out of the Puget Sound Business Journal.
I remember fondly my Army Bootcamp at Fort Jackson, S.C. (Not!). It was later in my military career that I figured out that they built army posts wherever there is sand--even in Wisconsin. There was cold damp weather and a fair bit of yelling from the drill sergeants.
Well, there is another bootcamp coming up in December, Government Social Media Bootcamp I expect there won't be as much yelling and depending on how cold you keep your office it might just be warm and toasty. This information is being sponsored by GovGirl who blogs and does videos for Government Technology Magazine.
The program description:
Introducing the Government Social Media Bootcamp, a two-week online program specifically for government. You won’t find a more comprehensive training that will teach you advanced social media techniques for the public sector – all from the comfort of your office or home. Perfect solution for agencies with no travel budget to attend conferences or in-person workshops!
- Series of webinars and on-demand video
- Downloadable checklists and reference sheets
- Trainings led by Kristy Fifelski (and special guests!)
- Covers everything from policy development to growing fans
Read the Bootcamp FAQs for additional details about the program.
I encourage you to check it out. This might be the best way for you to get your toes wet dipping them in some social media training.
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There is a quick turn around on this one. See CORE Program Specialist GS-0301-13
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The debate on the cost of flood insurance and the hikes that will come with new rates based on the risks associated with insuring the properties is heating up. See FEMA prepares to move forward with catastrophic flood rate hikes
Everyone is looking for a way out to avoid paying the Piper his due. Interestingly the Governor of Louisiana is not jumping into the fray because of the risks to the state budget. Given 2014 is an election year I'm betting that elected officials across the country will throw their fiscal conservative feelings to the wind and approve what could be called a "socialist measure" to have the government continue to subsidize the risk of living in harms way.
This is not to say that there are average citizens who have bought property (including my son) in a flood zone based on the fact that flood insurance was available -- cheap! I love going over to their home next to a creek. In the summer we all forms of waterfowl, water mammals, eagles, etc. However, when you live close to nature you assume the risks that come with that lifestyle.
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