Tuesday, June 24, 2014

OPERATION DRAGON FIRE: BETTER INFORMATION FOR BETTER DECISIONS IN TIMES OF CRISIS


The Strategic Advantage team at VisionLink concluded a three-day engagement in the Washington DC area last week — a significant convening of the top executives of public and private industry leaders in the fields of technology, social media, crisis management, multiple levels of federal government and academia. The sessions engaged leadership from the Centers for Disease Control, National VOAD, Facebook, Target, FEMA, Health & Human Services, Homeland Security, United Way Worldwide, Operation HOPE, the US Chamber of Commerce, GE Healthcare, American Red Cross, Booz Allen Hamilton, and many others.

The purpose of the meetings was to establish vision and direction and to form a number of workgroups to focus on infrastructure, processes, people, and tools that could improve the timeliness, quality, availability and access of real-time information during and after crisis situations across America. It is a goal of Operation Dragon Fire that outcomes will help communities, organizations, and response teams make better decisions with better data.

VisionLink’s Strategic Advantage team, directed by Lois Ann Porter, has been working as part of the Project Management Office with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and NVOAD on the planning and execution of the Kick-Off as well as the preparation of content and meeting documents. Douglas Zimmerman, CEO of VisionLink, is a member of this ongoing Functional & Technical Considerations Workgroup. 

The forums were made possible by seed funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; VisionLink’s work was under contract to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.