Disaster Prevention and Recovery Show

This week show was all about Disaster Prevention and Recovery.  I have put together some great guests who have great information for you on what you can do to prepare yourself in the event of a disaster and even how you can prevent one from occuring.

Julie Rochman the President and CEO from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety works to  identify, evaluate, and promote effective methods of property loss reduction and prevention. They hope that the Real world application of IBHS scientific research findings will lead to more durable, sustainable communities.

Adam Montella the VP of Homeland Security and Emergency management at Animus Solutions is also known as the “Disaster Guy” will be my guest.  He is also currently the Disaster Expert on Discovery Channel’s “The Colony” and is considered one of the country’s top disaster planners. He helps organizations prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters. Disaster preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Government, private industry, community and faith-based organizations, and families and individuals.  However, it is probably more an individual responsibility than anything else. Listen in and get some good info.

Ken Robinson Founder and Energy expert at GreenHouse Holdings who is the leading provider of energy efficiency solutions and sustainable infrastructure products. The company develops, designs and constructs rapidly deploy-able, sustainable infrastructure primarily for use in disaster relief and security in austere regions.

Do you have a child going to college? You’ll have to listen to Gerry McCartney the Chief Information Officer at Purdue University as he is going to cover what Purdue University is doing to ensure the success of their students. At Purdue University, they launched several new technologies that enhance the classroom experience and boost learning in STEM. They want all students to succeed, and as often as possible, succeed in their chosen major.

Technology has a role to play in this. Today’s students are often called “digital natives.” They are comfortable with technological aids, and bring their own excellent resources into the classroom by carrying smartphones.

The first is Signals, which data mines students on-line behavior and provides warnings if the students aren’t engaged enough in the material or class, and provides suggestions pre-written by the instructors. Classes that use Signals have seen student grades raise an average of one letter grade for students making Bs, Cs, or Ds.

We also have two social media apps that engage students where they currently are, which is on social media. Mixable lets students form secure study groups or class groups in Facebook.

HotSeat uses Twitter and text messages to capture the backchannel discussions during and surrounding classes.

DoubleTake let students submit video assignments using their smartphones. It offers the functionality of YouTube, plus the ability for instructors to comment on and grade the assignments, and the videos don’t have to be shared with the entire world (although they can be shared with classmates). This is an important tool for clinicals and laboratory techniques.

So what happens when disaster strikes like it did in New Orleans or Japan and you have a student on campus how do you know that the college is going to be able to effectively employ their emergency response plan.  That  is where our next guest comes in — Andrew Gordon the Associate VP at CollegeNet helps  institutions be prepared to respond quickly and effectively.  higher education institutions have successfully applied CollegNET’s R25 software to quickly reshuffle classes in the face of natural disaster. CollegeNET is helping colleges and universities develop and streamline emergency preparedness practices to improve safety, security and response time on campuses with its R25 software solution. The R25 class and event management system makes it easy to schedule and manage academic and nonacademic events – both simple, one-time events and long-term, multi-occurrence time patterns.

Disaster strikes and your data center is damaged and you cant’ get to your data — you are out of business.  However listen to the services that my next guest i Michael Kushner the VP of Digital Media Strategy at UBM Studios is discussingUBM Studios Virtual Business Continuity Center is a turnkey portal that ensures business communications through interruptions.  Business continuity planning is an imperative business practice for any organization.  It’s critical for organizations to have plans in place which guarantee business continuity.  Business interruptions are difficult – whether they are related to tsunamis, tornadoes, volcano eruptions, supply chain issues or key employee announcements – and communications are imperative.The Virtual Business Continuity Center ensures business communications through interruptions of any kind.   It provides businesses with a virtual solution that can be used in the event of a business interruption that limits attendees from attending an event in person or to bring a company or group of individuals within a company together quickly.

Bill Horan the President at Operation Blessing is one of the largest charities in America, providing strategic disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, clean water and community development in 23 countries around the world on a daily basis. Providing clean water is perhaps the most critical part of disaster relief.  They have Lifesaver Jerrycan units, which are family-sized water filtration devices. You can literally dip these into the most disgusting, feces-infested swamp water and perfectly clean water comes out the other end.

What would you do if you could not get to any of the information on your computer.  How much of your important information is located on a hard disk in your home office.  Well, Brian Peterson the VP of Engineering at Frontier Communications is here to discuss being digitally prepared. In the digital world we live in, having an online backup is the easiest way for residents to safeguard their precious and priceless data files and recover them quickly should a disaster strike.