EPN is in fact the new millennial interface design for emergency preparedness messaging. The i
EPN in a sense is the
enduring communications tool box that connects all levels of emergency management together in a common effort to raise awareness
and build community resiliency. Currently the i
EPN Network delivery system is comprised of six (6) major components starting
with a (1) six foot-6-inch / portrait style interactive touchscreen kiosk, (2) a well-known and highly acclaimed emergency
preparedness manual, (3) a multi-functional preparedness app, (4) grass root programs built around critical needs like 911
visual communications, (5) and the Olympic style emergency managers and P3 (public private partnerships) annual event known as
the “Cargo Bike Races” that publicizes disaster awareness and community resiliency and (6) lastly our unique concept for a
“Revenue Engine” powered with the profit dollars generated by numerous P3 sponsors and Legacy Partners.
Without question the time has come to put into effect “academic based leadership.” Over the last several decades both public
sector and the private sector has spent enormous amounts of time, money and effort in order to elevate awareness and
preparedness in this country, and unfortunately their combined efforts has produced very little if any measurable practices
noting interactive behaviors that build community resiliency.
For now, it is sufficient to say that most of these public-private efforts / messages about preparedness suggest that there is
a glaring problem between the message and the messenger. Quite pointedly, the problem is a lack of opportunity for meaningful
interaction; or better stated perhaps, is that there is a complete lack of robust participation between the public and emergency
EPN was designed to address these principle challenges between the message and the
messenger by building an incentivized academic bridge, in short an interactive fun filled stimulating dialogue between the
academic curriculums (educational facts provided) and the practice (Survivors and their responsibilities).
EPN as the academic practitioner creates a space that brings these two distinct
groups together. In the practical sense said groups need each other but have little cause for interaction, and for whatever
reason they are complacent or even antagonistic toward the practice of emergency preparedness.
Interface Designs / Educational Delivery Systems
Examining the delivery systems our emergency management officials used in the past to motivate community resiliency raises the question of credibility. The assumption is that these judgments of credibility are based solely on the quality of the information being presented. The educational based platform of the i
EPN described here removes these assumptions of credibility by establishing a link between the quality of the interface (rather than the content) and perceived credibility. Essentially, interface design and the “form” of information (the messenger) can negatively impact the perceived quality of the informational and educational “content.”
Studies show that individuals scouring the web through search engines accessed on home computers or mobile devices may perceive
the content less authoritative and credible than a digital library with superior interface design. The focus of the
EPN is developing interface designs and delivery systems that overcome weak content
and misconceptions. The interface should illuminate interactive methods where in individuals can evaluate new or poorly
understood information by engaging in the quality of its distribution mechanism and in this case the
EPN Network. Generally speaking, research indicates how individuals are prone to what
has become known as the carrier effect, allowing features of the messenger (incentives) to affect the perception of the message.
The iEPN is “The” platform that gives this nation the capacity to become resilient.
Such capacity building starts with individuals taking responsibility for their actions and moves to entire communities
working in conjunction with local, state, and federal officials, in an effort to construct a public-private partnership
weaving together a national coverlet of resilience.