Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Our Journey begins.


My name is Doug Hanchard. I have been involved in Crisis and Disaster Management for almost two decades. I've supported and designed information and communications systems used in disaster events since 1998. As technology improves, so have the tools available that can be harnessed to support small and large scale disasters. I now advise, lecture and teach Crisis and Disaster Management for government agencies and enterprise organizations.

My goal is to advance informative news and technology used the disaster environment through education, virtual knowledge transfer, training, and documented lessons learned in crisis and disaster events that have occurred throughout the world. I do this through lectures and seminars held worldwide at special events and Training Academy's focused solely on Civil Protection. I publish and write articles and post links on technology news on Google Plus and Flipboard, that anybody can review, comment and read for free. 

I spend approximately 25 to 30 hours a week researching white papers, online news portals, and specialty blogs which specialize in this field, then curate them into a single source location where professionals and disaster volunteers can read and comment on what we have found. 

I will focused on four key areas of Crisis and Disaster Management; 

1) Crisis & Disaster Management - the environment
2) Technology and Applications - platforms, software, sensors
3) Disaster event - earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes
4) Post event lessons learned - what did and did not work. Gaps & Analysis

The crisis and disaster management experience (event) is always unique and rarely duplicated. Every crisis or disaster has its challenges and scale of response. We learn from every one and attempt to recognize where obstacles and new approaches can solve problems. 

The editorial, sorting and compiling of information is currently done on my own (limited) free time. I have not accepted corporate or government sponsorship or advertising space in any of the the articles, papers and books that I have written and redistributed for free. I have received positive feedback regarding content, analysis and topics covered. But your help would be appreciated. By donating and supporting the Crisis and Disaster Management Magazine on Flipboard and Google Plus Community blog, the publishing information can be analyzed and critiqued, allowing everyone to remain neutral and not influenced or in conflict on any news article, event or technology analysis I or others give input too.

I post 5 to 6 times weekly, sometimes 3 or 4 times daily in the Crisis and Disaster Management Magazine on Flipboard and 3 to 4 times a week on Crisis and Disaster Management Education and Training Community site on Google Plus.

We have held Google Hangouts and interviewed numerous experts on Crisis and Disaster Management events and challenges. I plan to do more and with your help, investing more time to offer extensive investigations and interviews with leaders in disaster response. With crowd sourcing, I believe we can deliver enhanced information, references, lessons learned, technology analysis and enhanced education programs that can support improved disaster response. Ultimately, it's about how we can globally improve disaster preparedness and response to save lives.

Now available online, created through Flipboard the electronic magazine that identifies unique stories and information focused on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief challenges faced by the Crisis and Disaster Management community. I am happy to see over 400 subscribers now read the magazine. It is the fastest new subscriber rate I have ever seen. http://flip.it/Ie60J 

Flipboard (free) application is available on Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows phones (also Mac, Android & PC - tablets).

I also have a Google Plus Crisis and Disaster Management Community that anyone can join. 

And!!!! - I'm not finished yet. Look for new platforms, ideas and developments over the coming months. As we all know, nothing stays stale in our world for very long.

Thank you for stopping by and watch for weekly updates here, that will be flipped and posted on the Plus Community site.


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*2 - NOAA Image of Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan. Source: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, U.S.A.

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