Knowing is Half the Battle — Planning in the Disaster Management Continuum

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When your community is in crisis, there is no such thing as being too prepared. From understanding the demographics of those impacted to available shelters and supply lines, it pays to have a plan.

Project: Ptolemy is a disaster management platform that aims to benefit the community in all phases of the disaster management continuum: planning, response, and recovery. Of these, the most crucial is planning. Understanding where your community is vulnerable in advance of any crisis will empower first responders, inform recovery efforts, and most importantly, save lives.

The team at Project: Ptolemy is hard at work every day amassing and curating as much global demographic data as possible. Demographic information is key to any response effort. It is important to determine vulnerable populations within the community such as children, the elderly, or the disabled.

For disasters in the United States, Project: Ptolemy has models and standards built into the platform for determining impacted populations, from agencies such as the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Even the most basic scenario can determine concentrations of individuals who are the most vulnerable. We use these tested and proven models, based on US Census data and the American Community Survey, to determine not just demographics, but also other key planning information such as where translators might be required or where evacuation assistance is most likely needed.

We also use models verified in the Emergency Management community to predict shelter needs and the comprehensive supply needs of an impacted population. Determining shelter locations and capacities are one