HazAdapt is an information engagement technology (IET) platform that reimagines emergency communication and public wellness by replacing limited mass notification technology with customized information exchange and community-centric functionality.
For over a decade, our Founder and CEO, Ginny, has worked on and researched the frontlines of the world’s most challenging public health and global health problems. Her focus is on the dynamic relationship and communication channels between citizens and local emergency and public safety response.
The idea for HazAdapt came while engaging community members about earthquake preparedness as emergency management. Seeing so much unmet need, she realized the underlying problem: today’s emergency communication technology was not designed for community engagement or diverse communities. This meant that many people in the community, especially the most vulnerable, did not have access to the emergency information or resources they would need.
A woman on a mission for solutions, Ginny began her PhD at Oregon State University to research and develop technology that facilitated the needed engagement in our emergency and public safety sectors.
Ginny met HazAdapt’s co-founders in a human-computer interaction course taught by inclusive technology pioneer Dr. Margaret Burnett. She was given the opportunity to present the idea of HazAdapt to her class as a term project, and her mission resonated with two classmates, Uday and Omeed, Masters students in Computer Science who joined Ginny in founding HazAdapt in July 2019.
Since the very beginning, we've connected and worked closely with local communities, emergency managers, and public safety authorities to design the most efficient emergency communication solutions with real and proven potential to bolster engagement, boost adaptive capacity, and provide more confidence for everyone involved before, during, and after an emergency.
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