Formidable Footprint Wildfire Exercise

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certificate from today’s exercise

 

Early this morning I was picked up in a shiny blue all terrain vehicle and was brought to the County of Maui Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

A small group assembled from Maui Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to participate in an online disaster preparedness exercise codenamed Formidable Footprint – A Neighborhood Tabletop Exercise- Wildfire.

The exercise scenario took place in a small simulated community of about 270 houses and less than 2,000 residents surrounded by farmland in which a raging fire traveling at about 17mph from the west headed towards the community.

There were numerous challenges in which we had x number of minutes to move through specific sections of the exercise. It started off with an introduction of the community with an interactive map displaying infrastructure such as houses, schools, gas stations, etc. There were a number of elements one had to absorb and apply towards directed action in a timely manner taking into consideration potential hazards and different threat levels.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

To learn more about CERT and and search for your local chapter please visit CERT

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In 1995 At Maui High Performance Computing Center The Maui Scientific Analysis & Visualization of the Environment Program was first incubated. I was the principal investigator of this independant research project which was a joint development between MHPCC, Silicon Graphics Computers (SGI) & NKO.ORG. Using SGI Cosmo Worlds software, we pioneered the development of Internet based 3D virtual reality GIS based interactive worlds. In 1996 with a network of seven high performance SGI workstations we pioneered development of live streaming MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Real Video and QuickTime Streaming Server utilizing Kassenna MediaBase software. In Maui 2002 we pioneered and tested the first wireless live streaming video using laptop computers and Maui Sky Fiber's portable 3G wireless device. In Maui we pioneered live streaming video using usb modems from AT&T , Verizon as well as live streaming from iPhone 3 over 3G wireless networks. Today The Maui S.A.V.E. Program has diversified into storm tracking including visualization and analysis of large, memory-intensive gridded data sets such as the National Hurricane Center's wind speed probabilities. I volunteer my services to numerous Disaster Services Organizations. In June 2013 I returned from Hurricane Sandy deployment as a computer operations service associate with the Disaster Services Technology Group assisting as The American Red Cross migrated from a Disaster Response Operation to Long Term Recovery Operations. Pioneering the production/editing and Internet distribution of HD video to sites like Youtube.com and Vimeo.com we are shining the light towards environmental and peace efforts of humans across the globe. Since 1992 I have held the vision of establishing Maui, Hawaii as the environmental sciences center of the world. After His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet came to Maui This vision has expanded to establishing Maui as the environmental & peace center of the world.

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