by Eric Holdeman, Disaster Zone, Emergency Management Magazine, March 19, 2012
David J. Kaufman serves as the director of FEMA’s Office of Policy and Program Analysis. He is responsible for providing leadership, analysis, coordination and decision-making support to the FEMA administrator on a wide range of agency policies, plans, programs and key initiatives. … In his current position, he led the coordination effort to develop the Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI). This initiative brought together a wide cross-section of the emergency management community to explore key future issues, trends and other factors, and to work through their implications. The result is a 36-page document titled Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty. …
For the full text of the interview with David Kaufman, conducted by Eric Holdeman of Emergency Management Magazine, visit FEMA’s David Kaufman Addresses Emergency Management Trends.
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Matt Ball, V1 Magazine, March 2012, Vol 6, Issue 12
….With the passing of a recent bill in the United States that calls for the Federal Aviation Administration to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system by 2015, the widespread use of drones is imminent. Industry advocacy groups have long been clamoring for such language, and with the technology proliferating, it has just been a matter of time for the regulations to lift. Small craft under 55 lbs. are prioritized in the bill, with language that allows them to fly within 27 months, and allows for them to be flown in the U.S. Arctic within one year. Under the bill, first responders will be allowed to fly UAS of 4.4 pounds or less within 90 days, prioritizing their assistance in saving lives and increasing public safety. …
For full text of the article, visit Is there a mapping drone in your future?.
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Guest Blog: Haiti Earthquake a Year Later: What Has Space Learned?
Adriane Cornell, Space News, January 12, 2011
… After a disaster strikes, current practice ideally has it that the affected country requests aid from the United Nations, and the International Charter Space and Major Disasters is then activated. Space derived data is collected from organizations that are part of the Charter and this information is sent to other organizations who then produce maps and informational reports on the disaster. These organizations then send their information to the disaster responders and the international community. The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) tries throughout the process to support the complicated information exchange. …
For full text of this article, visit Guest Blog Haiti Earthquake a Year Later What Has Space Learned | SpaceNews.com.
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:03 PM
Subject: Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) – January Newsletter
Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) Community Members;
Hello, and happy new year to you! The SFI team is pleased to announce the release of the Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 report, which highlights the initial findings of the SFI to date. As you know, this report is the result of an extensive community-wide effort that many of you have contributed to, which included more than 800 professionals, members of the academic community, and interested parties from all layers of the public and private sector.
The Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience2030 report includes insights on the future role of emergency and disaster management; strategic needs and gaps the community will have to address; and a look into the emergency management community of 2030. The strategic needs, highlighted in the report, in particular – focused around essential capabilities, innovative models and tools, and dynamic partnerships – are intended to be a catalyst for leadership throughout the emergency management community and to prepare us, and the Nation at large, for whatever challenges and opportunities the future holds. The report is now available for public consumption through the FEMA website.
Dave Kaufman, the Director of the Office of Policy and Program Analysis at FEMA will be presenting on the SFI findings at the IDCE Conference in New Orleans on January 18th. If you are attending the conference, we encourage you to join his presentation to learn more about SFI.
Additionally, Dave Kaufman is hosting a webinar session on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 2:00-3p:00m EST. This webinar session will offer an opportunity to learn about the SFI findings presented in the Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030 report as well as participants to ask questions directly from Mr. Kaufman. For more information on the webinar, please visit http://www.emforum.org/SFI/moreinfo.htm.