Disaster & Emergency Management

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BioSense Project

BioSense is a program of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) that tracks health problems as they evolve. This collaborative project aims to provide public health officials with the data, information and tools they need to better prepare for and coordinate responses to safeguard and improve the health of the American people. Read More »


Bitscopic is a healthcare analytics and workflow platform empowering organizations to gain unique insights from ever increasing data, and achieve better healthcare outcomes through data driven decisions to optimize care. The company was founded in 2012 by two tech industry veterans who were inspired by the opportunity to use advanced software technology to initially mitigate the spread of infectious diseases. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley and has development offices in Seattle, WA.

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California's Blackouts Reveal Health Care's Fragile Power System

Nicole Wetsman | The Verge | October 28, 2019

The United States health care system depends on electricity to function normally: it needs power to run everything from ventilators to electronic health records, to ferry patients via elevator through hospitals, refrigerate medications, and countless other tasks. But that PG&E planned outage wasn't the last. There were more outages last week, and they are likely to become more frequent as the changing climate keeps California dry and makes fires more likely. The number of weather-related power outages is also increasing as extreme weather events become more common. As a result, it's more critical than ever that health care facilities are prepared for a present and future where power isn't a guarantee. Read More »

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) is a disaster management organisation which serves the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).This regional inter-governmental agency, established in September 1991, presently includes 16 participating countries. Read More »

CDC Widgets & Gadgets

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) now provides a wide range of public domain widgets & gadgets for use on your computer systems or web sites. Once installed, there's no technical maintenance and CDC.gov will update content automatically. Adding a CDC widget to a web site means provides you with a wide range of up-to-date, credible health and safety content. Read More »

Community Health Network in Houston Leverages Open Source Tech to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Undaunted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network (SFA) responded to the crisis by leveraging open source technology to reach out to their patients and victims of the hurricane in areas of Texas that are virtually inaccessible. The Health Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) covering Brazoria County, is one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey and currently recovering. Using an advanced cloud-based version of the OpenEMR software, the SFA Community Health Network has been able to treat patients in clinics physically unreachable by their medical providers.

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Confronting Catastrophic Disasters With 21St Century Technologies

Dan Hanfling, Tara O’Toole | The Hill | September 9, 2019

The unfolding tragedy in the Bahamas demonstrates that the 21st century will be marked by increasingly frequent, often catastrophic disasters of unprecedented scope and scale. Yet again, the unprecedented challenges of disaster management are being met with mostly conventional, labor-intensive, costly, and often inadequately slow response efforts. These 21st-century threats, particularly those that affect livelihood, health, and well-being, deserve the application of 21st-century technologies. Read More »

Countermeasure Tracking System (CTS)

Countermeasure Tracking System (CTS), developed and maintained by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), is a program consisting of multiple components to increase the capacity of federal, state, and local public health agencies to track and manage countermeasure inventory and usage during all-hazards events. The major system components include: Read More »

Covenant Park Integrated Initiatives, Inc.

Founded in 2007, Covenant Park builds large, integrated, complex programs for disaster preparedness and continuity. They provide their capabilities at the highest level of all three branches of the US government and for highly critical, global commercial operations. Covenant Park believes the complexity and interconnectedness of today's world requires an unprecedented level of coordination, analysis and communication to effectively identify and reduce risk. Read More »

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is to help provide needed support to our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Read More »

FEMA Was Overwhelmed by Hurricanes and Wildfires in 2017, GAO Says

Erin Ailworth | Wall Street Journal | September 4, 2018

The back-to-back devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, followed by catastrophic wildfires in California, overwhelmed federal disaster responders in 2017, according to a government report released Tuesday. The unprecedented sequence of storms and fires forced Federal Emergency Management Agency staff to jump from one disaster to another and in some cases use uncertified workers to fill key roles. “They were 30% understaffed when Harvey hit,” said Chris Currie, director of emergency management issues at the Government Accountability Office, which wrote Tuesday’s report. “By the time Maria hit Puerto Rico, they were down to the bottom of the barrel.”

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Global Disaster Information Network (GDIN)

Global Disaster Information Network (GDIN) is an international organization focused on providing reliable information about disasters, both manmade and natural. They also provide information to disaster response and relief organizations on ways of helping the survivors of different disasters, as well as guidance on preventing or responding to future disasters. Read More »

Google Crisis Response

Google Crisis Response seeks to make critical information more accessible around natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Read More »

Google Public Alerts

Google launched an open data platform in 2013 to share information on natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons and floods. The system can be used by governments and other organizations to build localized crisis response systems. The system can be accessed on personal computers or mobile devices to find information such as the typhoon path, affected areas and nearby places of refuge. Read More »

HCA Healthcare Can't Hide From Hurricanes With 45 Hospitals In Florida, So It Preps Like It's The Apocalypse

Blake Farmer | Nashville Public Radio | September 3, 2019

As Hurricane Dorian threatened the Florida coast, top officials at HCA spent Labor Day weekend wringing their hands, pulling all-nighters in a Nashville command center. It almost didn't matter where the storm hits; HCA Healthcare's hospitals were going to be affected. With dozens of hospitals on Florida's east and west coasts, the for-profit hospital chain is exposed every time a hurricane threatens the Sunshine State. Late last week, the nation's largest hospital company granted WPLN rare access to observe storm preparations as Dorian bore down on the Florida coast. The mood was serious. Chatter was limited. The only sound competing with speakers was the hum of fingers on laptops taking furious notes.

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