Archive for August, 2017

software helping with disaster dispatch

August 31, 2017

I’m not a fan of self-deployed volunteers during a disaster. In general, they are ill trained, get in the way, and usually end up needing to be rescued themselves.

I have to make an exception for the CONCEPT of the Cajun Navy. While I don’t see a lot of PPE and safety equipment, they are VERY organized and think out of the box.

One such thought was to tweak existing open source software to use for calling up resources:

http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/local/alexandria/2017/08/29/local-software-developers-helping-cajun-navy-rescue-texans/612852001/

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Dealing with Harvey…

August 30, 2017

Over the next few days, weeks, maybe even months, I am going to collect my thoughts, my findings, helpful information, things to think about for next time- because there is always a next time- regarding Harvey.  As my background is in emergency management, there will be a lot of reference to how things went down from an EM point of view.

I have stopped thinking about Harvey as a 6 foot 3-1/2 inch tall white rabbit, the best friend of Elwood P. Dowd.  I will stop thinking about Jimmy Stewart…

Before I start my journey down the rabbit hole, so to speak, I want to share a beautifully written blog post, by Angelia.  I don’t know her, a friend posted this blog post on FB.  And here, I share it:
The Good Think Harvey Washed Away