Technology Trends for Emergency Management

Advanced technology has changed many facets of our everyday lives. From smart technology to a network of devices such as Internet of Things, we use it in more ways than we often assume. In fact, 65% of American adults use social media in some form, which is almost 10x the volume previously reported in 2005. We are quickly adopting new tools that can greatly affect our community, but how does this abundance of technology influence emergency management?

Emergency management leverages advances in technology that positively impact response and recovery efforts, improve warning systems and mitigate damage caused by unexpected crisis. In this video, explore how cutting-edge tools and ideas are positively impacting the emergency management industry; find out how professionals are creating resources for understanding complexities and developing advanced solutions for our communities. Also, learn how an Emergency Management MPA Specialization degree can provide the skills and knowledge needed to implement new technologies, promote safer communities, and establish new emergency systems for the public.

Learn more about the future of emergency management with Anna Maria College’s newest video: “Technology Trends for Emergency Management”.

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SPEAKER: Technology Trends for Emergency Management

Technology has continuously evolved to make our daily lives more efficient. Cutting edge technology such as virtual reality, smartphones, GPS and the internet of things have become commonplace in our lives. With so many advancements, it's no surprise that the continued development of technology has positively impacted the emergency management industry as well.

Nearly two-thirds, or 65 percent, of American adults use social media in some form, which is almost 10 times the volume previously reported in 2005. With such high levels of interactivity, emergency management teams have begun utilizing social media networks to test emergency response systems. After the 2010 earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti, a technology called Crisis Mapping that was used to aggregate social media posts and satellite imagery into an interactive map. That interactive maps provided valuable information to response and recovery efforts by the US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps, and American Red Cross.

The internet of things brings an abundance of opportunity to help improve emergency management even more. It's a network of sensors and actuators that are embedded in physical objects from traffic signals to pacemakers. These sensors are connected to the internet, creating a vast amount of data that can be analyzed and improved upon.

When objects can sense and communicate with the environment they become tools for understanding complexities in creating advanced solutions for communities. In fact, companies are already developing smart roadways, medical devices, and early warning systems for natural disasters. By improving automation, data analysis, and efficiency in disaster response, it's clear that advancements in technology will continue to benefit emergency management processes and systems. Stay ahead of the curve with an education from Anna Maria College online and find out how a specialized MPA degree can advance your career and positively impact your community.

 

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