You probably didn’t get any response from your colleagues in Los Angeles at 1015 on 10/15/2015. They likely were under their desks practicing a California-wide earthquake preparedness exercise. When they composed themselves afterwards some of them likely visited the Jolera-built Community Stakeholder Network (CSN) to find out what happened, whether anyone was hurt and whether everything is back to normal.
Conceived in 2013 by the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) and The University of Southern California CSN provides an effective and efficient system that strengthens the region’s capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from security threats and other catastrophic events. Its goal was to integrate the private sector into the government security and emergency management structure to improve the community’s overall security, preparedness, and response capabilities. The system helps ensure that should a disaster occur, first responders will be able to quickly and efficiently identify the private sector resources and expertise available to them.
CSN serves the entire Los Angeles Region, an area of approximately 4,084 square miles. It consists of over 88 cities and unincorporated areas and is home to over 9 million people. The portal reaches across many different sectors such as academic, financial, manufacturing, entertainment, etc. Each sector is able to use the portal to collaborate with their fellow colleagues as well as other sectors and engage in crucial time sensitive discussions with government agencies before, during and after a disaster. The system incorporates many different data sources from weather and traffic data to situational reports and intelligence briefs. CSN is based on a confined and closed membership that permits access to senior management in participating organizations.
Efficiency in a physical situation or a business environment is relatively straightforward to measure. When it comes to mitigating and measuring the effects of an earthquake, forest fire or terrorist attack, efficiency measures must rely on surrogates; after all, what is a human worth? And how much more if that newborn child was to have discovered the cure for cancer? Typical disaster cost estimates are almost beyond comprehension:
- Earthquake and tsunami, Japan (2011)
- Cost: $ 309 Billion (Gov. of Japan)
- 8,649 people confirmed dead
- 13,262 missing
- Sichuan earthquake, China (2008)
- Cost: $29 billion (by the World Bank)
- 70,000 people deaths
- 18,000 missing
- Hurricane Katrina, U.S. (2005)
- Cost: $81 billion total damage cost (by NOAA)
- 1,836 people died
- The Indian Ocean tsunami (2004)
- Cost: $ 14 billion
- 250,000 deaths
- Kobe earthquake, Japan (1995)
- Cost: $100 billion (by the World Bank)
- 6,500 people Killed
- Northridge earthquake, U.S. (1994)
- Cost: $42 billion (by NOAA)
- 60 deaths; 5,000 injuries
- 25,000 people homeless
Were Jolera’s Community Stakeholder Network to save California and Los Angeles County 0.1% of the State’s GSP (Gross State Product) potential saving would be in the order of $ 2.3 Billion USD.
While the portal focuses entirely on one geographic region of the US its architecture is readily scalable and any other Greater Metropolitan Area, London, Lagos, Tokyo or any country for that matter can benefit from Jolera’s creation.
CSN has the potential to save millions of lives throughout the globe. Hopefully the disasters will never come to be!