Back to Work in Honduras

I want to share that I have back in Honduras, working gracefully at the Permanent Contingency Committee, or by its acronym, COPECO (Comisión Permanente de Contingencias).
Ain’t it nice, to go back to work, knowing that the institutions personnel is: friendly, capable, competent, and have the capacity to work harmoniously? Well, that’s how I feel. COPECO and it’s Minister, Lisandro Rosales @lisandrorosales has been the most capable and competent person I’ve had the honor the work with, as well as the Governmental institution where things are made to happen.
When I left COPECO, to pursue my Master Degree in Engineering Management in Crisis Disaster and Risk at the George Washington University in Washington DC, COPECO was just initializing it’s processes to restructure and optimize the Honduras System for Risk Management.
Te years later, with open arms, I am received, and I find myself dumbfounded by the advancements, even a Doppler Radar, wow.
Finally, I want to thank God and life for giving me life synchronicity towards achieving great results for a common good.

From Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Carlos Castillo


Survey Reveals More than Half of Real Estate Companies Lack Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans – MarketWatch

I really like this practice called: Business Continuity, Business Crisis and Continuity Management (BCCM). It is adaptable and effective, it’s a program built to perform well under the circumstances assessed, having been practiced and exercised.

This is why I share this article, shows a quick 4 steps to a Continuity Program for your real estate business.

Survey Reveals More than Half of Real Estate Companies Lack Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans – MarketWatch.

Happy Memorial Day

Carlos Castillo

How to Plan & Build a VOST for your Community or Organization

I share this amazing piece of information given to the world by @sct_r Scott Reuter. This short guide to setting up a #VOST is great start to setting up VOST in your community.

think disaster: a blog by Scott Reuter (@sct_r)

Today’s the one year anniversary of the VOST Initiative, and in honor of all of the good work that’s been done by the VOST Initiative group and our “Osbourne” VOST Team, and the other VOST groups that are beginning to spring up, I thought I’d share some thoughts on VOST advocacy and setup. *

Why a VOST? (Social Media Preparedness.)
Many people in the SMEM (Social Media in Emergency Management) community are expressing interest in starting a VOST, or Virtual Operation Support Team. While it’s possible to set up a social media operation from scratch with new volunteers during a disaster, it can be very difficult and distracting. It’s not possible to plan for every eventuality, but having some core volunteers in place, having a plan, and being proficient with some basic social media tools will make activating your team for a social media disaster effort…

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Introducing MicroMappers for Digital Disaster Response

When it comes to Digital Networks and the future of the internet, this is where it should point. Patrick, thank you for leading in the Crisis mapping and #SMEM world, your efforts should inspire most of us, to turn to volunteering, in saving lives.


The UN activated the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) on December 3, 2012 to carry out a rapid damage needs assessment in response to Typhoon Pablo in the Philippines. More specifically, the UN requested that Digital Humanitarians collect and geo-reference all tweets with links to pictures or video footage capturing Typhoon damage. To complete this mission, I reached out to my colleagues at CrowdCrafting. Together, we customized a microtasking app to filter, classify and geo-reference thousands of tweets. This type of rapid damage assessment request was the first of its kind, which means that setting up the appropriate workflows and technologies took a while, leaving less time for the tagging, verification and analysis of the multimedia content pointed to in the disaster tweets. Such is the nature of innovation; optimization takes place through iteration and learning.

Microtasking is key to the future of digital humanitarian response, which is…

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