Ask the Expert: Disaster Strikes, Now What? Using Technology for Disaster Response and Preparedness

How is your organization equipped to respond when disaster strikes? In a crisis, you’re lurched into a crazy mix of circumstances and often a lot of uncertainty, so it’s important to be agile in your day-to-day work, and have systems in place for your organization to speed ahead, if necessary. Be it a natural disaster or political unrest, this online, interactive Ask the Expert session will explore how you can prepare for the unexpected and thrive in the face of catastrophe.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Ways to effectively deal with heightened public scrutiny and visibility in times of crisis

  2. How to use social media to get information during emergencies

  3. Important systems to have in place before disaster strikes

  4. Strategies for changing tactics on the fly and learning from mistakes

This online event is guided by you, our Members! You can ask your questions on social media using #ntenlearn or interact with speakers during the call. “Ask the Expert” is an online series exclusive to and free for NTEN Members. Not a Member? Become one today!


Speaker: Gregg Swanson
After serving with the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and staff officer, Gregg held executive and management positions in several Silicon Valley technology companies, primarily in operations and international programs. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he has studied in Germany as an Olmsted Scholar and has graduate degrees in international affairs from the American University and in business from Stanford University. Before founding HumaniNet in 2002, Gregg was Director of Technology at Northwest Medical Teams in Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Speaker: Wendy Harman
Wendy Harman is a proud Red Crosser and a digital nerd. In June 2013 she became Director of Information Management and Situational Awareness at the American Red Cross, where she has the unique privilege to create a program around dynamic and collaborative information sharing in disaster responses, recovery efforts, and preparedness. Previously, she served as the Director of Social Strategy at the Red Cross. She frequently speaks and writes about issues at the intersection of nonprofits, technology and the social web.