Changes between Version 33 and Version 34 of BluePrintCERT


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Timestamp:
03/16/12 18:16:19 (10 years ago)
Author:
Laura Lanford
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added badging module

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  • BluePrintCERT

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    44[http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/ Community Emergency Response Teams] (CERTs) are disaster trained volunteer groups that provide trained support when an emergency overwhelms a community's resources.  CERTs are organized locally and provide both emergency response and preparedness outreach in their own communities.
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    6 There are more than 1800 CERTs in the U.S, most of whom serve small communities with limited professional emergency response capability.  When used correctly these teams are a valuable resource, but too often they are underutilized due to lack of coordination.  There are commercial platforms available to coordinate volunteers, but most have two serious issues:  complexity and cost. 
     6There are more than 1800 CERTs in the U.S, most of which serve small communities with limited professional emergency response capability.  When used correctly these teams are a valuable resource, but too often they are underutilized due to lack of coordination.  Though there are commercial platforms available to coordinate volunteers, most have two serious issues:  complexity and cost. 
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    88Sahana-Eden offered a promising open source solution for coordination both within and between CERTs.  Since Chicago CERT and Sahana-Eden first collaborated in late 2010, we have talked to dozens of CERTs teams to design a solution specific to CERTs and their unique needs and workflows.
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    10 Our goal is to make the Sahana-CERT branch intuitive and flexible, to allow it to be used easily by non-technical CERT coordinators but still allow access to Sahana's powerful functionality.  Our focus at Random Hacks of Kindness 2011 was to create a comfortable, user-friendly interface that would allow any CERT coordinator to jump right into using Sahana-Eden.  The RHoK team did an amazing job, which can be seen at the [http://cert.sahanafoundation.org demo site], and won first place at [http://sahanafoundation.org/sahana-eden-cert-solution-takes-1st-place-at-rhok-austin/ RHoK Austin] for their work.
     10Our goal is to make the Sahana-CERT intuitive and flexible, with an easy learning curve for non-technical CERT coordinators but also access to Sahana's powerful backend functionality.  Our focus at [http://www.rhok.org/ Random Hacks of Kindness] 2011 was to create a comfortable, user-friendly interface that would allow any CERT coordinator to jump right into using Sahana-Eden.  The RHoK team did an amazing job, which can be seen at the [http://cert.sahanafoundation.org demo site], and won first place at [http://sahanafoundation.org/sahana-eden-cert-solution-takes-1st-place-at-rhok-austin/ RHoK Austin] for their work.
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    12 We are already getting requests from CERTs all over the United States who are desperate for a coordination solution.  CERTs receive relatively little funding, most of which goes to training and equipment for their volunteers.  Most coordinators have neither the time to implement a custom solution nor the money to purchase a commercial solution. 
     12We are already getting requests from CERTs all over the United States who are desperate for a coordination solution.  CERTs receive relatively little funding, much of which goes to training and equipment for their volunteers.  Most coordinators have neither the time to implement a custom solution nor the money to purchase a commercial solution. 
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    14 The opportunity to have a world class system like Sahana-Eden, customized for CERTs, just for the cost of maintaining the instance is a wonderful thing.  After evaluation of our beta implementation with City of Chicago, the Sahana-CERT branch will be available for use by every CERT in the country.  This could improve the emergency response outcomes of hundreds of communities struck by local and large scale disasters.
     14The opportunity to have a world class system like Sahana-Eden, customized for CERTs, for the cost of maintaining the instance is a wonderful thing.  After evaluation of our beta implementation with City of Chicago, the Sahana-CERT branch will be available for use by every CERT in the country.  This could improve the emergency response outcomes of hundreds of communities struck by local and large scale disasters.
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    1616Our next big push of new functionality, which we hope to complete over this years Summer Of Code, includes the following:
     
    2020* Update UI for all pages to be as streamlined and intuitive as the front screen.
    2121* Secure web-based volunteer information updates by the volunteer.
    22 * (potential) Mobile checkin / checkout of volunteers onsite
     22* Mobile checkin / checkout of volunteers onsite.
     23* Regular checks for the status of expiring certifications (e.g. CPR/AED training) and notification of expiration.
     24* Badging module
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    2427Sahana supports Rapid Application Development and has a worldwide network of generous, knowledgeable developers. This event is an excellent introduction to developing for the Sahana platform. If you know Python, JavaScript or CSS design, please consider joining the collaboration!