Inspired by a real story
ePACT was inspired by our friend Ayumi, who was separated from her two daughters during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Without any phone or text communications available, Ayumi didn’t know if her family was safe. A full 24 hours after the earthquake and tsunami hit, she was relieved to receive an email from her mother who had collected the girls to care for them during the crisis. Ayumi’s family was finally able to travel to Tokyo two days later, reuniting her family for good.
After hearing Ayumi’s story, we looked in our own backyard and learned that North America has its own emergency management gaps. For example, we all use technology and social media to plan parties and document last night’s dinner, but we hadn’t harnessed its power to prepare for the unexpected. Furthermore, we still rely on phone trees to communicate in an emergency even though there are more efficient and effective ways to communicate.
As technology entrepreneurs, businesspeople and parents, we knew we had a chance to make a difference – to fundamentally change how people everywhere prepare for emergencies. We wanted to better connect families, and to help build stronger, more resilient communities.
We developed ePACT as the “LinkedIn for emergencies” – a web-based system that leverages the power of online networking to navigate unexpected events and increase safety across the board. Today, ePACT is the emergency network that connects and protects North American families, organizations and communities in any crisis.
- Christine Sommers and Kirsten Koppang Telford