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It's hard to believe 2011 has come to a close! This issue includes highlights from the November ICCM conference in Geneva, summary of 2011 lessons learned, and an update on upcoming TIDES events and activities.

ICCM Overview

ICCM Crisis Tracker Presentation
Last month, TIDES attended the 3rd International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) in Geneva, Switzerland.  The convention brought together hundreds of practitioners, experts and users of crisis mapping and crowd sourcing tools and techniques for humanitarian assistance/disaster relief purposes. Participants came form the private sector, non-profits, and The USG and foreign government offices. At the convention, TIDES team - Sam Bendett and John Crowley - chaired the discussion titled "Operational Security for Crisis Maps - Standards and Best Practices," where participants discussed current and potential safeguards for securing human, digital and infrastructure assets from manipulation/interdiction by rogue/unfriendly actors and regimes in a crowd sourced environment. The convention dealt with a wide range of topics that included review and analysis of existing technologies and collaborative sessions on the development and use of crisis mapping and crowd sourcing tools. The next ICCM conference will take place in Washington, DC from October 11-13, 2012.
A look back at TIDES 2011 Projects

In 2011, TIDES participated in two important disaster relief exercises, San Diego State University's Exercise 24 Europe (X24 EUR), a virtual disaster relief simulation centered around an earthquake/tsunami in the Adriatic; and

Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE11), an operations-based exercise centered on the scenario of a catastrophic earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.  Some of our lessons learned included:

  • Collaborate widely--encourage public-private, whole of government participation.
  • Organization is key-need to understand how responsibilities are delegated among local, state and federal actors.
  • Information overload can impact emergency and disaster response.
  • The value of new technologies, such as GIS and crowdsorcing tools, especially during an emergency to help with situational awareness.

Training, exercises and education are crucial in order to change behaviors so we can get to lessons learned, rather than lessons repeatedly observed, and then re-observed. 

Infrastructure Directory 

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