DISASTER RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

Resource management tools for austere environment

Take control of the supply and demand of resources from any mobile phone.

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Immediately after the disaster strikers, Beacon helps responders take control of a range of resource management tasks:

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TEAM MOBILIZATION

Alert and mobilize a team comprised of members with varying skills and capabilities to be deployed on a short timeframe. Beacon provides end-to-end automation of team mobilization including alerts, selection criteria, coordination and tracking for all members via simple text message.

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FIELD HOSPITAL DEPLOYMENT

Deploy a centralized response network in minutes to coordinate transport of critically ill and injured patients to/from your field hospital using local resources and telephones.

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INTER-FACILITY REFERRALS

Ensure that the right patients are sent to the right facilities. Coordinate patient referrals between temporary and permanent health installations based on acuity and resources available.

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INTERNALLY-DISPLACED PERSON (IDP) CAMPS

When IDP camps pop up in hard-to-reach and marginalized areas, Beacon can be set up as the local dispatching system to report and monitor emerging public health threats, like cholera, dysentery, interpersonal violence, and other acute emergenices.

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CLUSTER SYSTEM RESOURCE COORDINATION

This is how Beacon currently works: “We need [One Ambulance] to pick up [X Patients] at [Hospital Y] and deliver them to [Hospital Z].” With a few quick changes, Beacon could say this instead: “We need [One Truck] to pick up [5 Generators] at [UN Base Camp] and deliver them to [Field Hospital A].”

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HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING

When the immediate response phase of the disaster has passed and the international teams have left, Beacon can continue to be used as the area’s dispatching system. Because Beacon is stored in the cloud, and the public requests assistance using a local number, the only variable that would change is the destination facilities that patients are being transferred to.

Beacon’s modular design architecture, flexible configurations, and easy content customization make it ready for a range of plug-and-play deployment scenarios.

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HOW IT WORKS

TEAM MOBILIZATION

1. CREATE ALERTS LIST

Identify and collect the names, phone numbers, resources and capabilities of all individuals to be included on the Beacon Alerts list.

2. DEFINE PROTOCOLS

Design the criteria for resource election and the parameters for allocation – e.g., 20 team members needed within next 6 hours, including 5 doctors, 10 nurses, 2 pharmacists and 3 paramedics.

3. ACTIVATE MOBILIZATION

Once the decision to mobilize has been made, the Alert is initiated through Beacon and team members are confirmed according to supply-demand as measured against the pre-determined protocols.

4. RENDEZVOUS

Confirmed team members are instructed to proceed to a rendezvous point where they can be asked to meet and/or pickup other team members and supplies, perform additional tasks, or prepare for deployment.

5. DEPLOYMENT

Beacon will ensure that all resource needs are met and accounted for prior to and during deployment. Additional resources can be requested and additional tasks can be programmed as required.

6. CHECK-IN

Upon arrival at the destination, team members confirm their presence and check-in through Beacon, allowing local and remote monitoring of members’ status

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Beacon Features:

  • Low-tech set-up A single internet connected-device is required to launch
  • Universal accessibility — Can be used on any mobile phone, whether smartphone or feature phone, with or without internet connectivity
  • Easy-to-use interface — Text message interactions require minimal input, are easily followed, and are predictable; Admin and Dispatch interface is intuitive and accessible on any device
  • Automated control – After creating the initial alert, all resource coordination is automated, eliminating the need for dispatchers to micromanage individual resources
  • Low-maintenance operations — No need to download apps or worry about updates; just register the Responder’s mobile phone number and they’re ready to go
  • Modular architecture for easy customization — Beacon v2.0 has been re-built using a modular architecture to enable custom changes to message content and response sequence workflow
  • Remote access or local installation — The Beacon platform is open source and freely available. However, not everyone has software programmers on staff, so we can make Beacon available to you at a nominal cost via access to our remote servers. For installation on local servers, we’re also available to discuss more

Disaster Response and Recovery Features:

  • Multiple configurations — Allows for a range of resource types and kinds to be posted to different lists and sub-lists for scalable group management
  • Flexible command and control structures — Beacon has been built for multiple services to be operating jointly and/or independently through flexible data centers
  • Multi-lingual capabilities — Beacon has robust language controls to allow multiple languages to be used simultaneously on different components, whether as an Admin, Dispatcher, or Field User
What can Beacon do for you?

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