INNOVATING REAL TIME*IN DISASTERS

what we do

FIT, a non-profit organization, activates its diverse team of subject matter experts to solve challenges presented by current and future crises and create solutions for local, state, national, and international communities.
Crisis

FIT maintains situational awareness of impending disasters while simultaneously working on disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction at local, state, national, and international levels

Needs Uncovered

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.

Response

Once activated, the FIT team works with the community and other local stakeholders, including the response network in place.

Problem Solving

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.

Real-Time Solutions

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.

Community

FIT practices co-creation and solution sharing to increase community resilience and change the world, one neighborhood at a time.

who we are

FIT brings together leaders from robotics, community justice, design, technology and beyond for impact oriented collaboration.

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.

milestones

Deployments

Days in the field

Countries represented on the FIT team

contact

We want to hear from you - contact us to volunteer on the FIT team, collaborate in the disaster space, or learn more.

Field Innovation Team
345 W 600 S
Heber City, UT 84032
United States