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MERCI Emergency Assessment App Opens Up

November 24th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Government, Technology

Last year, Hawaii-based consulting engineering firm Oceanit showed off an iPhone app that it had developed to help Hawaii State Civil Defense speed up disaster documentation. Dubbed MERCI, or Mobile Emergency Response and Command Interface, the app is designed to facilitate rapid assessments following a natural disaster, allowing responders to collect text notes, photos, and video, and […]

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Class on Social Media in Disaster Response Previewed

August 17th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Education, Government, Social Media, Technology

A federal program to train government employees, first responders, and other disaster response personnel in the use of services like Twitter and Facebook got its first trial run yesterday. The Hawaii-based National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) held a pilot demonstration of its course titled “Social Media for Natural Disaster Response & Recovery” at the […]

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