Daniel Ogren is a Captain at Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services in Potomac, Maryland. His primary job is working for the fire department; however, he also heads up response and disaster management for his unit. On the side, he runs his own photography business. Daniel uses Evernote for everything from organizing procedures for disaster response to running his photography business.
I use Evernote, Everywhere
- Android Phone
- Web Clipper
I use Evernote for…Coordinating and Planning a Disaster Relief Effort
I use Evernote every day, both in my personal and professional life. I’m trying to go completely paperless, so everything from tax documents to receipts gets scanned with my Fujitsu ScanSnap and gets sent to my Evernote account. Evernote has also proven to be hugely helpful for my work in disaster response.
I’m active in coordinating local disaster response efforts, and am also a member of the FEMA Task Force. I first started using Evernote for disaster response back when Hurricane Irene descended upon us. As the person in charge of safety for our local task force, I’m responsible for a lot of planning and management. I work with structural engineers and hazardous material folks to make sure that a disaster scene is promptly and safely overseen. From the moment that something happens (an earthquake, hurricane, terrorist attack) I begin gathering information to get an idea of the scope of our job. I use Evernote to capture and manage all of this information.
Creating a Disaster Relief Plan in Evernote
Whenever a disaster occurs, I usually set up a new notebook with the name of that event. From there, I can use a combination of Notebook Stacks and tags to keep my research, communications, and reference documents organized and easy to find.
I use the Evernote Web Clipper to clip weather reports, research information on chemicals and hazardous materials, and begin contacting people in the service. Evernote is my central hub of information: I clip all my research to it, store our standard operating procedures in a Shared Notebook, and forward important emails and correspondences to a notebook for that specific event. All of this information is available on my iPhone and iPad, and I can even store it offline and not have to worry about an Internet connection [Offline Notebooks are a Premium-only feature].
Creating separate notebooks, both private and shared, for different events as well as for general topics makes it easy to distribute information quickly to the right people. For example, I can selectively share notebooks with volunteers who are working on a certain event, or give access to standard operating procedures to everyone in my organization. This saves me an enormous amount of time and keeps me focused on the task at hand.
Evernote for News Monitoring
Since my job requires me to be on top of what’s happening in the world, I use Evernote to help me manage an inflow of information. I subscribe to federal government sites like the National Hurricane center, and follow a number of news-oriented Twitter feeds, all of which are configured to automatically send information straight to my Evernote account.
Evernote as a Reference Hub
For general information on urban search and rescue, as well as documents, manuals, PDFs, and training documents, I create separate notebooks that serve as an electronic encyclopedia that I can access from anywhere. Many of these documents can be referred to anytime, and some may come in handy someday! For example, I once had to do research on a UH60 Blackhawk helicopter. I wasn’t familiar with this aircraft, so ended up doing a bunch of research online, clipping specifications, pictures and operating procedures to my general notebook. It was useful for the Hurricane Irene effort and now lives in my Evernote account forever.
Before Evernote, I was collecting information from different places; I didn’t have a central, easy-to-access and searchable place for all of this information. The longer I use Evernote, the better it works for me. Every time I deal with a new disaster it takes me less and less time to hit the ground running.