Gisli Olafsson

42 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Following | 42 Followers | @gislio | Keep up with Gisli Olafsson on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Gisli Olafsson”

Virtual Operations Support Teams Harness Social Media

When the Shadow Lake wildfire broke out in Oregon in September 2011, the National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) wanted to test social media …

Disaster texts: what would the government's warnings be like?

Ever worried no one will tell you about the zombie apocalypse until it's too late? Well snap out of it, because zombies don't exist. And anyway, if they did, Britain's National Security Council's new emergency warning plan – which sends text messages to every phone in a disaster area – might just …

In Emergencies, Politicians Are Expected To Master Disaster

On Saturday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was surveying scenes of destruction caused by massive flooding in the Boulder area. He found a dramatic way to help.<p>His helicopter stopped to pick up two groups of people who had been stranded by the storms.<p>The Democrat was quick to applaud GOP Rep. Cory …

Topic Galleries

Suitcase-size device may help save lives of disaster victims

The device looks like a small piece of carry-on luggage, but it has a more important job than carrying a toothbrush, deodorant and a couple of pairs of underwear.<p>The suitcase-size device is a microwave transmitter designed by two U.S. government agencies to help rescue workers find living victims …

Ikea Develops a Smart Flat-Pack Shelter for Disaster Refugees

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 07.10.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>IKEA's flat-pack refugee shelter is meant …

What is Big (Crisis) Data?

What does Big Data mean in the context of disaster response? Big (Crisis) Data refers to the relatively large <i>volume</i>, <i>velocity</i> and <i>variety</i> of digital …

India floods: 'Thousands still missing' in Uttarakhand

<b>Nearly 3,000 people are still missing following floods and landslides which hit India's Uttarakhand state a fortnight ago, the chief minister of the state has said.</b><p>More than 800 people are reported to have been killed so far but Vijay Bahuguna said the exact number of deaths may never be …

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of …

Fema uses 'Waffle House index' to take stock of Oklahoma tornado disaster

When the main US federal emergency agency arrives at the scene of a disaster-hit area, one of the first places it turns to is the local Waffle House …

The Anatomy of the Social Media Command Center

Beingyourbrand.com has created The Anatomy of the Social Media Command Center so that you can learn more about a few of their favorite social media …

Mayor Bloomberg unveils $20B plan to build new NYC defenses against climate change

Construction begins now, but will fall to his successor to finish<p>Parts of New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area are still recovering from the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy in late 2012, which cost an estimated $19 billion economic loss. In order to make sure the city is better …

No Hex Wrench Needed: Ikea Designs a Smarter Flatpack Refugee Shelter

If there's any company on earth with an expertise in designing things that are easy to transport and assemble, it's Ikea. So it makes perfect sense …

United Nations

Dick Costolo outlines plans for making Twitter more useful during live events

Twitter has become a constant companion to users, especially during major cultural events or breaking news, and the company's CEO Dick Costolo wants to make the service better for users during those spikes in usage. As reported by <i>TechCrunch</i>, Costolo spoke at a panel at Brookings' Center for …

Airbnb does good, dedicates a section of its site to disaster-relief housing

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Air BnB<p>Last year when Hurricane Sandy hit New York, hosts at Airbnb opened up their homes to help those affected by …

Infographic: Social Media Disaster Response

Share<p>The tsunami in Japan; the earthquake in Haiti; Hurricane Sandy in the United-States.<p>These disasters, and many more like them, have in the past …

Bolstering disaster risk reduction in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste needs to do more at the national and district levels to boost disaster preparedness, especially in rural areas, say experts.<p>Each year, …

The Pointlessness of Some Disaster Charity After the Indian Floods

As the flood’s death toll continues to rise in northern India, Dilip D’Souza asks who exactly the usual appeals for old clothes during a disaster …

Indians question how far flash-flooding disaster was manmade

As India picks up the pieces from the worst-ever flash floods in the Himalayas, the nation is beginning to wonder to what extent human intervention – …

Tips For Surviving A Mega-Disaster

The U.S. is ready for tornadoes, but not tsunamis.<p>That's the conclusion of a panel of scientists who spoke this week on "mega-disasters" at the American Geophysical Union's science policy meeting in Washington, D.C.<p>The nation has done a good job preparing for natural disasters like hurricanes and …

Esri National Security Summit Features Technology, Speakers, and Networking for Meeting Mission Demands

Top Stories | OCHA

Who Should Pay for Emergency Management?

A recent article in the <i>Advocate</i> discussed the impact of reduced Federal grant funds on local emergency management organizations in the state of …

Firefighters who died in Arizona blaze are remembered with 19 yellow roses in home town of Prescott

The firefighters who died as they tried to tackle the Arizona blaze are heroes in their home town, as residents of Prescott tell Nick Allen.<p>Outside Fire Station 7, a two-storey grey metal hangar in the small town of Prescott, Arizona, there sit 19 American flags, 19 teddy bears, and 19 yellow …

Fire Fighting

Big Data: Sensing and Shaping Emerging Conflicts

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and US Institute of Peace (USIP) co-organized a fascinating workshop on “Sensing & Shaping Emerging …

Using Twitter to Map Blackouts During Hurricane Sandy

I recently caught up with Gilal Lotan during a hackathon in New York and was reminded of his good work during Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane …

Big Data with Sanjana Hattotuwa

Project Management