FIT monitors news and social media to maintain situational awareness of impending disasters.
FIT deploys subject matter experts from our team roster. Each disaster is unique, therefore deployed teams will have a different composition of experts for each deployment.
Once on the ground we work with first responders and the affected community to understand their needs.
Based on the needs, FIT gets to work solving problems, generating innovative solutions to help in response and rebuilding efforts.
FIT's solutions are sustainable and are implemented in Real-Time. While solutions can be anything from physical products to software creations to social system changes (and everything between), FIT solutions are designed to empower responders and the community.
FIT shares its work with the community. We give our solutions to the community because we know that solutions are only as good as they are accessible. We share what we’ve created and learned on this website.
Starting in late 2010, FIT has been responding to disasters. These include the unaccompanied migrant minors refugee crisis, hurricane Sandy, the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, the Boston Marathon bombing, Philippines typhoon Haiyan, and the mudslide in Oso, WA. Some of FIT’s many achievements include helping FEMA redesign its Disaster Recovery Centers and we also developed the concept that later became FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance Program. FIT collaborated with the Drupal Conference to create housing and ride-sharing apps for stranded survivors of the Moore, OK tornadoes.
FIT worked with collaborators to develop computer-generated 3D interactive reconstructive models and 3D prints of the Oso mudslide, increasing situational awareness of impassable terrain and keeping the first responders safe. Additionally, we engaged a partner to develop and pilot a social media fraud tracking app for Snohomish County officials and volunteer coordinators of the Pilger, Nebraska twin tornado disaster. FIT provided keyword searches and reporting categories for the app. The app generates reports to track sites raising money in the name of a disaster and check for potential fraud.
Create a short video that showcases your disruptively innovative process, system, or product. Your design should be able to be used by disaster-affected communities get back to “normal” as soon as possible. Think beyond existing technologies and processes when creating your solution – there are no limits.