Lickfett Wins Emergency Management Award
By Anna Lynn Spitzer
Irvine, Calif., August 21, 2008 -- Jay Lickfett, lead software engineer for Calit2’s ResCUE project and a principal designer of the project’s Disaster Web Portal, has been recognized by the California Emergency Services Association with its Platinum Award. The award is presented to an individual for outstanding service in the emergency management field.
Lickfett was nominated for the award by Jacob Green, from the City of Ontario Police Department Administrative Services Bureau. Green worked closely with Lickfett and the ResCUE team on the development of the Disaster Web Portal, and the City of Ontario was the first municipal agency to implement the software that allows emergency responders to provide the public with real-time information in a crisis.
The system was put to the test last October when a large fire broke out in the city. Residents used the portal’s interactive features to track the fire’s progress, learn which streets were closed, monitor mandatory evacuations and locate evacuation centers.
In his nomination, Green said “Jay’s contribution to the field of emergency management will ensure that citizens and members of the media receive accurate and timely information, a critical component of saving lives and property during an emergency.”
Lickfett will receive the award in October during the CESA annual conference in Palm Springs. “Our ResCUE team has put a lot of thought and effort into improving IT capabilities for the emergency response community, so it's really quite an honor and personally satisfying to be acknowledged in this way,” Lickfett said. “I think the award will give our whole team the satisfaction of knowing that we are succeeding in our work, and will help motivate us to continue our efforts.”
CESA was founded in 1965 with the mission of preserving and protecting property through emergency preparedness and disaster mitigation. Membership is comprised of emergency managers and planners from all levels of government, hospital and medical professionals, education representatives, public service organizations, and business and industrial emergency planners.