With hurricane season upon us, I’d expect FEMA to be rolling out changes that will help it respond to disasters and victims much more efficiciently than last year. This announcement from Silanis Technology looks to be one of those changes, as FEMA field inspectors make use of Tablet PC technology. Although I love to see Tablet PC technology implemented in this way, lets’ hope we don’t see too many field inspectors around this summer.
Silanis Technology, the industry’s most experienced electronic signature provider with more than two million government and commercial users, today announced that field inspectors contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assess damage caused by disasters and emergency situations will soon be able to submit their full reports electronically, including forms that require signatures from victims.
Field inspectors visiting the affected areas will be equipped with Silanis’ electronic signing application and a tablet PC. After gathering information from the victim and completing an assessment of the damage, the inspector will have the person electronically sign the form needed to give FEMA the authorization to verify all information and make a decision whether to grant emergency insurance funds or not.
“Eliminating the time delays associated with moving and managing paper will enable FEMA to respond to citizens-in-need faster,” said Rich Warren, CEO of Silanis Technology. “Because requests for emergency funds will be submitted electronically, FEMA will receive them sooner which should shave time off of the total decision-making cycle.”
image courtesy of Cupertino Amateur Radio Emergency Service