Emicus.com…Community Powered Emergency Information
Each year Americans face a wide range of natural disasters and extreme threats. Whether it be hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes or Tsunamis, communities need to be prepared in advance. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the requirement for better and more efficient communications before, during and after a severe crisis was clearly evident. We learned then that FEMA could not do everything Americans expected of it, and that State and local governments, along with private companies, would have to partner in order to get America ready to recover from various crisis situations.
One innovative company about to make a real difference is US Emergency Operations Center, Inc., which has rolled out Emicus.com. Simply put, Emicus offers “Community Powered Emergency Information.” The site allows you to build a hurricane plan, let others know you are okay in the hours and days after an event, keep up to date with emergency news and information, and to share data about local conditions and the availability of goods and services in disaster impacted areas. Emicus is about what is happening in your community…all in an effort to let people help people when natural and other calamaties hit.
Our guest in this installment of SharedEmergencyRadio is Paul Berger, co-founder of Emicus. An insurance expert and owner of a public adjusting firm, he is also an attorney. Mr. Berger works with a highly skilled team of individuals as Chief Strategy Officer for the website. Paul Berger joins us from Boca Raton, Florida to talk about the mission, and potential, of this new and insightful web service.