Historic Information Breakdowns

Risk managers study causes of tragedies to identify control measures in order to prevent future tragedies. “There are no new ways to get in trouble, but many new ways to stay out of trouble.” — Gordon Graham

Nearly every After Action Report (AAR) that I’ve read has cited a breakdown in communications. The right information . . . → Read More: Historic Information Breakdowns

Autonomous systems and robotics

An autonomous system is a system with a trigger that causes an action without the involvement of a person. Two well known examples are tsunami buoys and earthquake sensors. These continuously monitor a series of sensors. When the sensors register a reading that exceeds a predefined threshold (the trigger), a signal is sent to a . . . → Read More: Autonomous systems and robotics

My bag of holding

From time to time, I pull something out of my bag and folks wonder just what I carry in it. So here is the contents of my bag that I carry with me nearly everywhere. It is my home, commute, work, disaster and COOP bag.

I start with a Timbuk2 messenger bag. Unlike most . . . → Read More: My bag of holding

The possibility of 4G

It is important to take note of the possibility of 4G. A T1 circuit is 1½ Mbit/s. The minimum 4G standard of 100 Mbit/s is 66 times larger. Take a look at the graphic posted on my blog at http://keith.robertory.com/?p=560 for a better understanding of this. A cell phone running true 4G will have more . . . → Read More: The possibility of 4G

Red Cross comm team ready for disasters

An interview that I did and is posted originally at http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/082911-red-cross-comm-team-ready-250197.html?page=1 and http://www.cio.com/article/688730/Red_Cross_Comm_Team_Ready_for_Disasters

Red Cross comm team ready for disasters

IT system’s design is based on experience from years of disaster experience, says Red Cross IT exec

By Matt Hamblen, Computerworld August 29, 2011 01:34 PM ET While most businesses back up data and records . . . → Read More: Red Cross comm team ready for disasters

Flood Humor

A local faith group held a disaster preparedness fair to encourage everyone to be ready in case the nearby river flooded the town. One of the church going ladies said “No thanks. I have faith that God will keep me safe.”

Inevitably, the river flooded in the spring. The mayor called for an evacuation of . . . → Read More: Flood Humor

Fox News Interview, March 18, 2011

I was interviewed by Garrett Tenney of Fox News for a story about cell phone use in disasters. The story was published on March 18, 2010 at http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/18/memorizing-cell-phone-numbers-save-times-crisis/. It is reprinted here.

Memorizing Cell Phone Numbers Could Save You in Times of Crisis

By Garrett Tenney Published March 18, 2011 | FoxNews.com

Many Americans feel . . . → Read More: Fox News Interview, March 18, 2011

Satellite 2011 Conference Interview

This interview is reposted from the Satellite 2011 Conference page.

An Inside Look with Keith Robertory, American Red Cross

Conference Chairman Scott Chase sat down with Keith Robertory, Disaster Services Technology Manager, American Red Cross, to discuss the relationship between government agencies and the satellite industry when a disaster strikes. You can hear more from . . . → Read More: Satellite 2011 Conference Interview

One satellite tool used in Haiti

During the response to Haiti, BGAN units were used to establish initial connectivity. This quick video is an explanation of the device and how it was used.