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Oct 30, 2020

Think Big, Move Fast, Build Capacity and Resilience: Disaster Management

Posted by in categories: climatology, health, robotics/AI, security

The future of disaster management, using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and a bit of Waffle House and Starbucks 🙂


Ira Pastor, ideaXme life sciences ambassador interviews Craig Fugate Chief Emergency Management Officer of One Concern and former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The international context of this interview: In choosing our leaders it is becoming increasingly important to select people who can both anticipate and address and where possible avoid large scale disasters. Here, Craig Fugate discusses evaluating past disasters, planning for future events and reacting to the “unexpected” — “think big and move fast”.

Ira Pastor comments:

The U.S. has sustained 279 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2020). The total cost of these 279 events exceeds $1.825 trillion.

Craig Fugate is the Chief Emergency Management Officer of One Concern, a “Resilience-as-a-Service” solutions company that brings disaster science together with machine learning for better disaster recovery decision making.

Craig is the former Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, whose primary purpose is to coordinate the response to disasters that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities.

Mr. Fugate has decades of experience at the local, state, and federal levels in disaster preparedness and management. He has also overseen preparation and response efforts for disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes, health crises, and national security threats.

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