With sights set on advancing individual and community resilience, Global Resilience Institute Director visits Facebook in Menlo Park
At the invitation of Facebook’s Head of Global Resiliency Gil Grein, Global Resilience Institute (GRI) Founding Director Dr. Stephen Flynn and Sr. Research Scientist Rob Knake visited Facebook's Global Offices in Menlo Park. Grein leads Facebook's global resiliency efforts, which he began establishing at the company in 2014. Among the programs that he oversees are; Strategic Emergency Management, Global Crisis Management, Global Business Continuity, Data Centers Resiliency, Executive Resiliency, Resiliency Operations and Logistics, and Workplace Violence Management. The April 16 visit included a briefing on Facebook’s new tools for supporting individuals and communities in managing crises. These include the “Safety Check” feature for individuals near an incident such as an earthquake, a hurricane, or shooting, to let their friends and family know they are safe; the “Community Help API” which gives disaster response organizations access to Community Help data, offering important information about the needs of people affected by crises so that they can respond; and a “Blood Donations” app that helps to connect requests for blood donations of a certain type in a certain location with nearby donors that qualify.