1. Why Plan? How Texas Schools responded to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita


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    Jim Zura and his production associates traveled through Texas to capture the story of how school districts were affected by the the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, how they dealt with them, and the lessons learned in the process. Areas around Beaumont suffered a direct hit from Rita. Districts in East Texas were overwhelmed as tens of thousands of fleeing motorists converged on schools, seeking food and shelter. The team conducted interviews with 18 key people; including district superintendents, district staff, and government officials in producing this 25-minute documentary. jim@zuraproductions.com

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    • Building a Birds Eye View: Collaborative Work in Disaster Response


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      • Orchid%20Disaster%20Demo.mp4-SD


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        This paper proposes a novel disaster management system called HAC-ER that addresses some of the challenges faced by emergency responders by enabling humans and agents, using state-of-the-art algorithms, to collaboratively plan and carry out tasks in teams referred to as human-agent collectives. In particular, HAC-ER utilises crowdsourcing combined with machine learning to extract situational awareness information from large streams of reports posted by members of the public and trusted organisations. We then show how this information can inform human-agent teams in coordinating multi-UAV deployments as well as task planning for responders on the ground. Finally, HAC-ER incorporates a tool for tracking and analysing the provenance of information shared across the entire system. In summary, this paper describes a prototype system, validated by real-world emergency responders, that combines several state-of-the-art techniques for integrating humans and agents, and illustrates, for the first time, how such an approach can enable more effective disaster response operations.

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        • Cisco Recognized for CSR Excellence in India


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          At Cisco India, we focus on addressing social issues where we believe we can have significant and lasting impact by applying our unique expertise to those issues. For example, after floods devastated rural communities in Northern Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in October 2009, Cisco committed US$10 million in cash, services, solutions and equipment to support rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in the Raichur district of Karnataka. We called it Project Samudaya and our goal was to create a modern, rural community by giving it access to urban amenities such as quality healthcare and education. We deployed the Cisco Education Enabled Delivery (CEED) platform in Raichur to deliver remote education, and the Cisco HealthPresence solution to improve access to medical treatment and access to specialist consultants. Thousands of patients have benefited. Read More: http://3blmedia.com/News/Cisco-Recognized-CSR-Excellence-India © 2015 | 3BL Media/Cisco | All Rights Reserved

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          • Flood Relief 2014: Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA


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            In September of 2013, torrents of rain resulted in unprecedented flooding in the mountains and plains of northeastern Colorado. This video tells the story of how congregations and individuals in the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA came together to do God's work with their own hands. Much of the work was coordinated by Brea Hapken, the disaster relief coordinator in 2014, provided by funds from ELCA Disaster Response.

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            • Congratulations to the 2014 Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program Finalists!


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              Congratulations to Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program Finalists, Citi Foundation, Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc., and Farmers Group, for the 2014 Corporate Citizenship Awards! The Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program recognizes companies for responding to disasters and creating more resilient communities. Read on to learn more about all of the inspiring initiaves our finalists have developed in the U.S. and around the world! Hurricane Sandy caused dozens of deaths and massive damage to homes, businesses, power systems, and transportation systems. Citi’s core disaster strategy is to provide the resources that allow local actors to efficiently and effectively respond to current and future emergencies. The Citi Foundation was a founding member and is a lead donor of the Housing & Neighborhood Recovery Donor Collaborative with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC. To date, $3,255,000 has been distributed to 34 nonprofit organizations as part of the Collaborative towards recovery, preparedness, and resiliency efforts. Read More: http://3blmedia.com/News/Congratulations-2014-Best-Disaster-Response-and-Community-Resilience-Program-Finalists © 2014 | 3BL Media/USCCF Corporate Citizenship Center | All Rights Reserved

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              • Philippines Disaster Response


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                • Design a Disaster Response Vessel for the World Today


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                  Ladies and Gentlemen., http://www.disasterresponse.org.uk Strategic hardware to increase resilience following any natural disaster is required immediately following the aftermath of such an event. An ultra large mobile sea-based floating unit can carry significant equipment, supplies, utilities and a trained crew to wherever they are needed instantaneously needed. International Disaster Rescue's mission is to save, support, and sustain human lives through the utilisation of a large capital marine asset specifically developed in preparation of such a situation. Currently, nothing like this is in existence for rapid reaction and life support. This proactive forward thinking solution will help mitigate the more profound challenges we are facing in coastal regions from the increasing rises in sea levels, coastal floods and storm surges much of which is being compounded by the effects of climate change. Being prepared is the key to disaster response. Have a look at my above video and please join me in the funding of the design of such a vessel for the future, as a first step to making this vessel be one step closer to being in the Water. Disasters are happening regularly and we need to be better prepared. Please donate on our website or our Kickstarter Campaign starts on 1st Nov 2014. Your name will be written into the Vessel's Preliminary specification for posterity. Many Thanks. Kind Regards. Andy Deaner. www. disasterresponse.org.uk

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                  • Creating a deployment request, advanced options


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                    This video, from FEMA--DHS, provides instruction in how to create an event's advanced options. For more information, contact: support@femaresponder.net.

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