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Quick Facts

 

    • ePACT was founded by Kirsten Koppang-Telford and Christine Sommers in January 2012, after being inspired by survivors of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami to address gaps in emergency preparedness and response.
    • During the closed beta use of the system, ePACT was spread to over 18 different countries as families added out of area contacts to their emergency support networks.
    • Within six months, 33% of the emergency forms at a pilot elementary school were out of date.
    • ePACT Network is a recent graduate of Vancouver tech accelerator, GrowLab, a participant in the Canadian Technology Accelerator, TechWomen and 48Hrs in the Valley programs in San Francisco, and has been recognized as one of ‘2013’s ICT Emerging Rockets’ by Ready to Rocket, a business recognition program for BC’s tech sector.
    • Each year in North America, organizations request emergency information from families over 900 million times using paper forms.
    • 72 % of U.S. workers surveyed would not feel totally safe in their workplace during a natural disaster. Source
    • Fewer than 30 percent of Canadian businesses reported having a disaster plan in place. Source
    • 96% of surveyed financial executives said their companies have operations that are exposed to natural disasters. Source
    • 40% of American businesses never reopen after a disaster. Source
    • In 2012 there were 905 natural catastrophes worldwide including severe storms, droughts, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, hail storms, typhoons, wildfires and hurricanes. Source
    • “The public flocked to the Internet during Hurricane Sandy, with the East Coast’s Internet usage increasing 114% the first day of the storm.” Source