FIT maintains situational awareness of impending disasters while simultaneously working on disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction at local, state, national, and international levels
When a current or future crisis presents acute problems, FIT reviews needs and activates a tailored team of subject matter experts from its team roster.
Once activated, the FIT team works with the community and other local stakeholders, including the response network in place.
The FIT team uses specialized problem solving practices to understand the core issues and needs that are not being addressed in a given crisis. We tackle issues related to disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response, recovery, climate change, and sustainable resiliency.
FIT's solutions are sustainable, adaptable, open source, and implemented in real-time. Solutions can be anything from physical products to software creations to social system changes (and everything between), designed to empower the community, first responders, and supporting agencies.
FIT practices co-creation and solution sharing to increase community resilience and change the world, one neighborhood at a time.
Starting in late 2012, FIT has deployed in support of 6 disasters. These include Texas/Mexico unaccompanied migrant children 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. FIT provided keyword searches and reporting categories for the app. The app generates reports to track sites raising money in the name of Oso and check for potential fraud.
Field Innovation Team
345 W 600 S
Heber City, UT 84032