On January 30 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) First Responders Group will host the next #STTechTalk Twitter chat – a virtual discussion – to address lessons learned during the third installment of the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resilience Experiment (CAUSE III). The chat will also discuss next steps related to the use of social media to enhance situational awareness, the integration of digital volunteers into operations, and technology gaps relating to the use of technology to support both.
During the chat, participants will discuss observations, challenges and lessons learned, as well as policy, process, technology and information gaps identified during the CAUSE III experiment. This will help inform suggestions we’ll share with developers at the upcoming #disastertech hackathon at the International Disaster Conference and Expo on February 7-8.
During the November 2014 CAUSE III experiment, DHS S&T and the Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science sought to examine communications, information sharing, interoperability and enhanced situational awareness in the event of future similar real-life events.
The first phase of the CAUSE III experiment tested new methods of engagement and information sharing for a simulated major hurricane slamming the United States and Canada. Participants included representatives of the Nashua, New Hampshire Office of Emergency Management, members and collaboration partners of the DHS Virtual Social Media Working Group, and industry representatives including SeeClickFix, Hootsuite Labs, Humanity Road and CrisisCommons. Representatives from Virtual Operations Support Teams– including teams from Colorado, New York, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada – provided mutual aid support remotely to jurisdictions on both sides of the border.
CAUSE III was the third installment of a series of response simulations supporting the Beyond the Border Action Plan, signed by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper in 2011. The simulations offer participants opportunities to test the performance of cutting-edge technologies in various emergency settings. The first joint experiment, CAUSE I, occurred in June 2011 and engaged operational emergency management communities in British Columbia and bordering U.S. states to achieve enhanced interoperability through shared alert and damage information.
For more information on CAUSE, visit: http://www.firstresponder.gov/TechnologyDocuments/Canada-U.S.%20Enhanced%20Resiliency%20Experiment%20(CAUSE)%20fact%20sheet.pdf
Submit questions, feedback or experiences related to CAUSE III to @dhsscitech any time before, during or after the Twitter chat. Be sure to include the #STTechTalk hashtag in your tweets.