Disaster Tech Joins The Advanced Mobility Collective
Contributes AI-Driven Situational Awareness Platform
“The Advanced Mobility Collective is honored to partner with Disaster Tech, and to connect government agencies and first responders with their AI-driven virtual emergency operations center to aid in disaster response and mitigation efforts.” – Todd Spain, Executive Director
Information is power, especially in emergency and crisis situations where understanding hazards, threats, and risks can mean the difference between life and death. Alexandria, Virginia-based and veteran-owned small business and public benefit company, Disaster Tech, provides unparalleled tools to support risk, disaster, and emergency managers with unparalleled real-time information for decision-making before, during, and after disasters to help save lives, protect the environment and build resilient communities.
Disaster Tech’s Decision science Integrated Collaboration Environment (DICE) is a comprehensive situational awareness platform that takes in data, models, and text and uses streaming data, data management, and data visualization tools to enable efficient and effective communication across response teams.
DICE contains two key functions, the Event Manager and the Mission Manager. Its Event Manager provides decision support by holistically fusing hazard and threat data including situational context and the severity of any given risk. The functionality also contains artificial intelligence (AI) that notifies users when an asset is threatened, provides this fusion data, and then recommends protective actions to respond. The system plugs-and-plays with a variety of off-the-shelf communication platforms, such as WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams, and others to seamlessly integrate with responders’ pre-existing capabilities.
Once alerted to a situation, DICE’s purpose-built Mission Manager facilitates mission-critical cross-talk to coordinate and manage tasks across interagency, local, state, and private teammates. Asset Monitor and Situational Intelligence views in Mission Manager allow users to view affected areas both geospatially and temporally in a common operating picture.
Both Event and Mission Managers can pull in pre-vetted open-source datasets from a cross-section of government, private, and academic sources, stream real-time data during the event and act as a private, secure, and controlled access repository for users’ proprietary data.
A robust group of former White House, FEMA, and industry emergency managers and risk professionals lead the company. Chief Executive Officer Sean Griffin is a U.S. Navy veteran with full-time experience at the White House National Security Council as the Director for Incident Management Integration Policy. Griffin also served in relevant emergency management and leadership roles at the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, and North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
Griffin stated, “Disaster Tech is honored to join The Advanced Mobility Collective. As the leader in decision science technologies for disaster management, we are excited to work with AMC to deliver solutions for emergency managers to save lives and reduce risk to future disasters. We are greatly impressed by what AMC has achieved and look forward to working with its diverse partner ecosystem in 2022 and beyond.”
Disaster Tech’s Senior VP of Operations, Lee DePalo (Colonel Ret., U.S. Air Force) retired from Senior Executive Service as the Regional Administrator for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region VIII where he oversaw and coordinated FEMA’s all-hazards preparedness and emergency management efforts within the region. In addition to his role at Disaster Tech and as an Advisory Board Member to The Advanced Mobility Collective. (See the announcement of here LINK THIS)
In 2020, Disaster Tech assisted the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess structural and property damage resulting from the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County, California, which had displaced tens of thousands of residents. The DICE platform was able to demonstrate that most homes had yet to be rebuilt in a fraction of the time that manual processes had taken to that point. This helped channel federal dollars to the thousands who were still displaced and in need.
“Already having Lee dePalo on our Advisory Board, it made perfect sense to include Disaster Tech in our group of expert disaster management-related companies. Disaster Tech has strong leadership and a matching record of success in creating repeatable, sustainable, and impactful solutions for government and the private sectors in disaster management and recovery. We are absolutely ecstatic to have them on board!” Todd Spain, Executive Director
About The Collective: The Collective is a nonprofit global community of business, technology, government, and research partners bringing new mobility services to life by acting as a catalyst for innovation and economic development for connected and autonomous vehicles in the air and on the ground. Consistent with its purpose, to grow and shape the Advanced Mobility Ecosystem, AMC frames real-world challenges and links companies, partners, services, Federal, State, and Local bodies to solve them collaboratively.