The Lego Guard's project: Sierra EARTH

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The Problem:

 During the recent “Auburn 49 Fire” essential information stopped moving for our community

  • Emergency Services (911) doesn’t handle non-emergency information requests
  • There is no single place for the public to get essential information during an emergency
  • Information Providers were overwhelmed with phone calls, had outdated contacts, and had no “real-time” information

This created a "logjam" where information should have moved out easily to the community, but it stopped or slowed drastically instead.

 

The Solution:

 Create a software hub to keep essential information updated automatically, and offer real-time help during emergencies.

  • Update essential service information weekly using text messages (SMS)
  • Have a web site and use micro-blogging services as a “window” for the public
  • Provide for frequent updates and two way communication during an emergency

We call this hub Sierra EARTH (Emergency Access Real Time Hub).

During an emergency:
Information Providers want to be able to help the public with Real Time information !
During an emergency:
Essential Service Organizations need to update their information quickly !
During an emergency:
the public needs a easy place to go for essential (non-emergency) information!

Sierra EARTH is a community hub designed to keep information about essential (non-emergency) services moving!

 

How EARTH Works: 

    • Once a week EARTH sends out an SMS message with basic info to each organization’s contact person
    • If it’s all correct, they can reply via SMS with a simple “OK” 
    • If there is a change, it can also easily be made via SMS
    • If there is no response, a volunteer can call to get new, updated contact information.
    • During an emergency, Information Providers can access EARTH directly to request more information
    • This keeps EARTH updated before, during and after an emergency
    • People can sign up for automatic updates from web sites like Twitter and Facebook
    • Sierra EARTH would also have it’s own web site which would be a public window for this information.

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