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Sukh Grewal

Sukh Grewal

CEO and Co-Founder

Palo Alto Manages Volunteers & CERT with VEOCI
Palo Alto Manages Volunteers & CERT with VEOCI

Our OES manages a large volunteer program, and one that we hope to grow even more. Having an information system that can grow with us is important in being able to not only effectively manage our membership but to also provide a means to utilize them in a day to day and emergency response role.

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Software Procurement: The Agile Way
Software Procurement: The Agile Way

The Agile Manifesto published in 2001 is now an accepted commandment for software development. Our own adventure with Agile began in August 2000 at GE, where on the SupportCentral project we initiated a 2 week deployment cycle - a new version of the software, complete with bug fixes, updates, languages, and new features, every two weeks.

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If Wayne Gretzky Was Buying Software...
If Wayne Gretzky Was Buying Software...

Software appears to be moving at the speed of a slapped hockey puck. Currently, the established players and their offerings are good. However, these days, software evolves rapidly, and it is more important to know if the software will keep up and adapt in a year, two years, or even ten years down the road.

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Winter Storm Losses: $35 per Resident per Day
Winter Storm Losses: $35 per Resident per Day

The Blizzard of 2015, which in January inaugurated a series of winter storms across the northeastern US that continue to this day, is estimated by various experts to have cost the economy between $500 million and $1 billion.

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Sony Hack Lesson - Sensitive Content, Get out of Email, FAST
Sony Hack Lesson - Sensitive Content, Get out of Email, FAST

An article in Businessweek summed up the main vulnerability exposed in the big Sony hack of 2014: "The simplest takeaway from the debacle pertains to e-mail hygiene.

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YouthStat & Veoci: Wraparound Intervention for School Children in Crisis
YouthStat & Veoci: Wraparound Intervention for School Children in Crisis

Continuing a long tradition of invention and innovation, the City of New Haven, under the leadership of Mayor Toni Harp, has launched a program called YouthStat which seeks to use technology to manage and deliver social services to several hundred at-risk youth in the New Haven school system.

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Virginia Tech Tragedy: Five Lessons For You
Virginia Tech Tragedy: Five Lessons For You

The death of 32 students and staff on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, shook up the higher education world because of the scale of the massacre and the possibility that it could happen at "my" institution.

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Tornado Center of the United States - Springfield, Missouri
Tornado Center of the United States - Springfield, Missouri

From the data for all recorded tornadoes since 1950* (over 57,000 recorded), it appears that the tornado center of the United States is on State Highway 60, twenty miles east of Springfield, Missouri (pop. 159,498).

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Tornadoes and the Fujita Scale
Tornadoes and the Fujita Scale

Tornado intensity is classified on the Fujita Scale – named after Dr. Ted Fujita (aka Dr. Tornado) who in 1971 developed a rating methodology.

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Why So Quiet? The 21st Century Emergency Operations Center
Why So Quiet? The 21st Century Emergency Operations Center

Last week Yale University and the City of New Haven completed a joint four-day Disaster Response training exercise for a “Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incident Drill” in conjunction with FEMA.

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Hurricane Katrina - In a League of Its Own
Hurricane Katrina - In a League of Its Own

Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the gulf coast around the Mississippi-Louisiana border in the early morning hours of August 29, 2005 as a strong Category 3 Hurricane with an unusually large size – hurricane force winds across a path 240 miles wide.

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FEMA Fire Declarations & the Pareto Principle
FEMA Fire Declarations & the Pareto Principle

Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist and philosopher whose observation that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the people eventually became the basis of the “Pareto Principle”. T

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Disaster Declarations by State
Disaster Declarations by State

The tallies are in, and the winner is...Texas! Texas counted three hundred and thirty-four declarations in the sixty years from 1953 to 2013. That's an average of over five disasters per year. The Lone Star state topped both categories: Fire Declarations and Major Disasters. Every state has had at least one disaster declaration with Wyoming at the other end of the spectrum with only nine, roughly one every six years.

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Information Emergencies - Sharing with Teams & the Public
Information Emergencies - Sharing with Teams & the Public

Weather emergencies, such as the recent spate of snowstorms that clobbered the Eastern United States, are also information emergencies. By that I mean that all of the stakeholders - local governments, utility companies, emergency responders, and public citizens - are in need of accurate, timely information, which isn't always forthcoming.

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Major Tornadoes Since 1953
Major Tornadoes Since 1953

In recent years, adventurous coverage of tornadoes on television has made us all aware of the devastation they cause. The summer heat over a large landmass spawns more tornadoes in the US than in any other country. FEMA has made available records of Major Disaster Declarations for Tornadoes.

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Connecticut Does it Right – Investing in Jobs the Right Way
Connecticut Does it Right – Investing in Jobs the Right Way

The latest report from Pitchbook, “2014 Annual US VC Valuations & Trends Report” was just published with great news for Connecticut: Connecticut Innovations, the government-sponsored organization for venture investment, broke into the TOP 10 ranks of investors for both the Seed/Angel and Early Stage Investments.

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Sixty-One Years of Disasters & Disaster Declarations - Some Basics
Sixty-One Years of Disasters & Disaster Declarations - Some Basics

FEMA has a web site dedicated to the past sixty-one years of disaster declarations. The site has limited information about the 3,567 Major Disaster Declarations, Emergency Declarations, and Fire Management Assistance Declarations from 1953 to today.

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Cloud Computing - It's Smaller than You Think
Cloud Computing - It's Smaller than You Think

When asked "Is it always better to own your own data center?" ZDNet and TechRepublic's CIO jury panel of technology decision-makers responded with a resounding "NO" by a margin of 11 to 1.

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Big Game Hunting on Google Maps Street View
Big Game Hunting on Google Maps Street View

While flipping through National Geographic Magazine’s photography issue (October 2013), I came across a Norwegian landscape with a lake in the foreground, distant hills, a gray, cloudy sky, and—surprise!—a lone reindeer, galloping along the road.

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Sympathy for HealthCare.gov
Sympathy for HealthCare.gov

Comedians, commentators, and politicians are having a field day with the problems at healthcare.gov. As software developers and computer operations experts, part of us is just not laughing.

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Meeting with Governor Malloy
Meeting with Governor Malloy

On Wednesday the 16th of October, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut and the commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Catherine Smith, met with nine local entrepreneurs with companies in the post-seed stage.

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Twitter Outages: Clear Markers of Success
Twitter Outages: Clear Markers of Success

With the Twitter IPO in the news, it is timely to see how a great site like Twitter manages to stay up so well. For many years Twitter had quite a poor reputation for reliability.

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After the Panic, Between Outages
After the Panic, Between Outages

These days, network and system outages are mainstream news headlines. When IT infrastructures go down, so do all the sites and applications that depend on them, and a ripple of annoyance turns into frustration, disgruntlement and lost productivity.

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Embracing Web 2.0 to Manage Emergencies
Embracing Web 2.0 to Manage Emergencies

Enterprises have long been embracing the concept of Web 2.0 by making their legacy systems more collaborative, encouraging information sharing, and focusing on a user centered design. How about using Web 2.0 capabilities in systems for managing incidents and emergencies?

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