Hurricane Irene Report, Crisis Mapping and Ushahidi

Recently, an open source project issued its first reports regarding a preliminary non-scientific analysis of the effects on the use of social media, crowdsourcing and crisis mapping played in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. This report should be interesting reading for all of our readers who study this topic, and how it might be updated and improved as a learning resource for the first responder, emergency response, crisis management and disaster preparedness team within their own organizations and communities.  As we all now know, Hurricane Irene affected people from Puerto Rico to … [Read more...]

Business Continuity and Risk Management on the Farm

To build awareness that emergency preparedness is important remains an elusive objective to achieve –even though most recently our news channels have reported on an earthquake centered in Virginia which shook the mid-Atlantic region, and, the fact that Hurricane Irene caused severe flooding and widespread power outages up and down the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. In a recent and related news article, David Filson, a Penn State Extension state program leader for emergency readiness and rural health safety, stated, “….if anything positive came out of the Virginia earthquake and Hurricane … [Read more...]