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STANDBY TASK FORCE INC

 700 E. Taft Ave #25.
 Orange, CA 92865
[P] (714) 7213322
[F] --
wwwstandbytaskforce.org
[email protected]
Joyce Monsees
FOUNDED: 2010
INCORPORATED: 2014
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 47-1847044 --

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

The Standby Task Force (SBTF) is a global network of volunteers who assists first response agencies that are traveling to the site of a disaster or crisis. We provide vital information so responders can make decisions to render aid faster and more effectively.

Mission Statement

The Standby Task Force (SBTF) is a global network of volunteers who assists first response agencies that are traveling to the site of a disaster or crisis. We provide vital information so responders can make decisions to render aid faster and more effectively.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $830.00
Projected Revenue $1,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Social Media, Online and Broadcast Media Monitoring
  • Geolocation for Humanitarian Response
  • Mapping Using GIS Tools and Platforms
  • Satellite and UAV Imagery for Disaster Assessment
  • Testing of New Technology Platforms and Tools

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Overview


Mission Statement

The Standby Task Force (SBTF) is a global network of volunteers who assists first response agencies that are traveling to the site of a disaster or crisis. We provide vital information so responders can make decisions to render aid faster and more effectively.

Background Statement

The Standby Task Force was formed in 2010 after a group of dedicated volunteers helped to bring aid to the victims of the Haiti, Peru and Chile earthquakes. This group provided information to ground responders by collecting social media situation data and messages of need. The information was presented in annotated map form so responding forces could deliver aid supplies to precise locations. When it became clear that this type of assistance was valuable, we announced our launch with this press statement:

“The humanitarian community openly recognizes the important role that volunteer networks can play in crisis response. What they need now are guarantees that a trained and professionalized volunteer force can be on standby and activated within hours.”

Today we continue to provide volunteer online digital responses to humanitarian crises, local emergencies, and issues of local or global concern. We work to increase the technical ability and practical skills of our volunteers through continuous training in big data mining and management, social media analytics, partnership projects and coordinated efforts with other leaders in the field of humanitarian assistance. Some members of the SBTF are professionals working in the fields of Information and Communication Technology and humanitarian response; many others come from diverse backgrounds and have been trained by the SBTF in the necessary skills to contribute. Our goal is make the process of helping victims as fast and efficient as possible.


Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
Nepal Earthquake  - We created an interactive map of urgent needs, offers of assistance in country and damage for over 30 responding organizations.
 
West Africa Ebola - We created the comprehensive map of health facilities and hospitals used by multiple responders including Doctors without Borders and WHO
 
Refugee Crisis in Europe - We provided the most current information to field teams setting up internet connectivity at refugee camps and registration centers in Balkan countries. 
 
Hurricanes Harvey and Maria - We provided information to assist the US Coast Guard in finding people in need in the Houston Texas area, and assisted FEMA with road and hospital status for the people of Puerto Rico.  
 
Goals
The Standby Task Force plans to upgrade our training from static documents and power point presentations to webinar and shared screen courses to increase understanding. Since our members are international, our second language English speakers would benefit from real-tutorials.
 
We plan to start a youth division to introduce teenagers worldwide to humanitarian aid and the technologies available to help their global neighbors. We plan to connect teens with mentors and provide career and education information to encourage a future in global citizenship.
 
The Standby Task Force plans to increase our ability to respond faster and more effectively by moving volunteer members to salaried positions, thereby ensuring that leadership remains consistent and products delivered during a deployments are the highest quality. Dedicated staff would allow the team to provide better training, updated information and member relations.
 
We also plan to provide members with opportunities to attend seminars, conferences and training sessions by funding travel and accommodations.  Many of our members are from developing nations and cannot attend such opportunities without support.

Needs Statement

1. Funding to maintain a dedicated staff to lead programs with 24/7 coverage. With full coverage, members from every time zone can be trained and participate. 
2. Data collection and communication technology for faster local and international response. 

CEO Statement

As a member of Orange County's Collaborating Organizations Aiding in Disaster (COAD), the Standby Task Force is prepared to provide information to Orange County first response agencies during a local disaster or crisis. With members in international regions, we can immediately collect vital information for local agencies, humanitarian aid organizations and first responders without delays that are due to personal needs or local internet reliability. 

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Organizations and companies that would like to donate in-kind gifts including technology tools, mapping subscriptions, communication platforms, and conference logistics may contact or operational Core Team at [email protected]

Geographic Area Served

International
The Standby Task Force provides services to assist any affected group no matter what region, country or political affiliate. We are an impartial entity that does not discriminate. We also accept volunteer members from every country. Our clients range from small local organizations that are working independently to serve those in need to large inter-governmental organizations that travel to the site of the disaster. Some of the organizations we have supported are United Nations OCHA, USAID, Doctors Without Borders, World Food Programme, NetHope and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster. We respond to all organizations that meet our activation criteria. Since our mission is to serve on the principles of impartiality and neutrality without discrimination of any kind, our criteria requires that the organization that uses our information complies with our principles, and is responding to a natural disaster or an artificial disaster that deprives people of their human rights.

Organization Categories

  1. Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief - Disaster Preparedness and Relief Service
  2. Human Services - Victims' Services
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building -

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Programs


Social Media, Online and Broadcast Media Monitoring

We collect information using both machine technology and human intelligence. Social media is emerging as a 911 tool so we can locate victims' needs and deliver it to responders.
Budget  $35,000.00
Category  Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Emergency Communications
Population Served US& International
Program Short-Term Success  Response organizations can reach disaster affected areas by knowing what roads, ports, airports and access ways are closed. We can supply information that shows open areas for camp set up, evacuation details and contact information for other organizations who can collaborate efforts.
Program Long-Term Success  The Standby Task Force tests new data collection technology for application designers and developers. Our simulations have helped government departments and non-governmental organizations to expand their emergency management systems to include real-time reports. 
Program Success Monitored By  Continuous communication with responders at the site of the disaster, the amount of organizations using our data, and after-action debriefing sessions.
Examples of Program Success  Nepal earthquake: April 2015 Cyclone Pam (Vanuatu): March 2015 Typhoon Haiyan (Philippines): November 2013

Geolocation for Humanitarian Response

Teams identify the geographic locations needed to assist on-site first responders who are making decisions and rendering aid. Examples of locations include: health facilities, schools, airports, open areas for evacuation camps, specific sites of infrastructure damage, needs posted on social media, affected areas and local NGO addresses.
Budget  $35,000.00
Category  Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Population Served US& International Victims
Program Short-Term Success  During the West Africa Ebola Outbreak, the Geolocation Team found 3752 health facilities, including hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, to assist Doctors Without Borders and many other medical based organizations. Team members used online search skills and mapping programs to find health facilities at the village and building levels.
Program Long-Term Success  The Standby Task Force has assisted on-site agencies and organizations for over 35 deployments and disaster preparedness simulations. The Geolocation Program participants have found the locations of victims' urgent needs, buildings used for displaced persons and areas for camp coordination. Our program has courses with tests to develop and track abilities but need advanced tools for participants to find and locate places faster with better precision and accuracy. 
Program Success Monitored By  Geolocation program managers have tests to determine participant understanding and ability. We need more advanced communication tools to allow for webinars and shared screen training. We would also like to offer courses through universities and mapping companies to develop additional skills.
Examples of Program Success  Nepal earthquake: April 2015 Ebola Outbreak: August 2014-February 2015 Typhoon Haiyan (Philippines): November 2013

Mapping Using GIS Tools and Platforms

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) professionals use geospatial data to create annotated online maps, photo story maps and maps in print format for use in areas of low bandwidth or damaged communication. Data in visual forms allows responding organizations easily find areas of need or assistance relative to their current position.
Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Disaster Services
Population Served US& International
Program Short-Term Success  This program has provided maps of health facilities for the Ebola epidemic, affected areas and locations of need for earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods, and locations for internet connectivity for the refugee crisis in Europe.
Program Long-Term Success  The Standby Task Force has assisted on-site agencies and organizations for over 35 deployments and disaster preparedness simulations. Visual data is vital to humanitarian aid since they allow information to be compared and analyzed quickly. Our GIS experts use multiple technologies to show specific points, areas, distances between islands and hurricane paths. We provide the needed information in the visual format requested by the ground response teams so they can render aid quickly.
Program Success Monitored By  We measure our contribution to the disaster response by the amount of relevant data on our maps, graphs or photo tours, feedback from the ground response teams during a deployment and the debrief following. 
Examples of Program Success  Federated States of Micronesia/Typhoon Maysak: June 2015, Ebola Outbreak: August 2014-February 2015,  Cyclone Pam (Vanuatu): March 2015

Satellite and UAV Imagery for Disaster Assessment

Situations can be assessed using images provided by satellites and specialized UAV programs. Teams determine the levels and scope of damage, paths of tornadoes, areas of need which assists organizations bringing aid and plan recovery efforts.
Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Disaster Relief/Recovery
Population Served US& International
Program Short-Term Success  After Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as a Category 5, we used UAV imagery to assess the damage to homes, crops and livestock. Satellite imagery has been used to assess tornado damage and find open areas that can be used for evacuation camps. This program continues to test different methods and programs to deliver the most accurate information possible.
Program Long-Term Success  The Standby Task Force has assisted on-site agencies and organizations for over 35 deployments and disaster preparedness simulations. UAV technology has emerged as one of the best methods for assessing the extent of flooding, structure damage and recovery needs. With continued use, this aerial imagery can be used to locate victims and find effective evacuation routes. 
Program Success Monitored By  Images are assessed by multiple participants to ensure the most accurate results. At least three participants must agree on the assessment for the image to be considered actionable. Only actionable data is mapped and delivered to ground response teams. 
Examples of Program Success 
Housing damage assessment (Vanuatu): April 2015 Libya Deployment: January 2012
Testing exercises have included wildlife tracking in Namibia and crop damage tagging.

Testing of New Technology Platforms and Tools

We conduct usability tests for data aggregation and collection, information management, mapping and information delivery. Many of these tools are designed for the Standby Task Force or modified for our specific needs and methods.
Budget  $40,000.00
Category  Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Disaster Services
Population Served US& International
Program Short-Term Success  The Standby Task Force collects social media with the Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response program, verifies images using Verily, maps data using multiple mapping programs including ArcGIS, and continues to test aerial imagery from UAViators
Program Long-Term Success  Humanitarian aid is an evolving field that is using the best of technology to find victims and provide them with needed medical attention, food and shelter. New innovations are needing to be tested and trialed in order to find the best tools to provide the most effective service. The victims need our best efforts so we open our group as a testing ground for developers. We have adopted many tools into our response process but need funding to remain current. If our technology is outdated, it often cannot synchronize with the responding organization's matrix. 
Program Success Monitored By  Program managers bring the results of testing to the operational management team. Technology tools must collect data faster, more accurately, from more sources and deliver the data in usable formats. Since our teams are international, all tools must be accessible in all regions.
Examples of Program Success  New technologies we have tested and incorporated into our response efforts: Ushahidi platform, Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response (AIDR), MicroMappers, UAViators, Veri.ly, and Crowdmapper (in collaboration with Microsoft Innovation, NY)

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Per Aarvik
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Per is curently spending most of his time for the Standby Task Force. He has a strong belief in civil society engaging in important global issues through digital tools. He has been teaching technology/design and served as Vice Rector atKHiB for more than a decade. In 2015 he made a new turn, completing his MA in comparative politics at the University of Bergen, with a thesis on crowdsourced election monitoring in Kenya 2013, the Uchaguzi project. Recently he also has been involved as a research assistant at CMI, Bergen, promoting the use of crowdsourcing and digital tools in social science research.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
George Chandeep Corea GIS Specialist --
Stuart Costello Logistics and Volunteer Engagement
Stuart's expertise is in Logistics, Supply Chain, Distribution and Operations Management. He ensures that the operational details are addressed and resolved. As the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, he oversees the needs of members and program participants. 
Deepshikha Dalchand GIS Specialist --
Joyce Monsees Executive Finance Director Joyce has her BA and MLIS. Her focus is emerging technologies for research and information science. She has extensive experience in new employee and student orientations, training and skills development. Joyce is a former city trustee and is certified by the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center as a Disaster Information Specialist. She is FEMA certified and is a member of the City of Orange CA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Troy Powell Academic Coordinator --
Valeria Villan Communications and Funding

Valeria has a background in International Relations and Political Science, and solid experience in communication. She has also worked on several projects promoting local development, corporate social responsibility and innovation. She loves data and everything digital.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Open Source Software System Challenge Award The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea 2015
International Online Volunteer Award UN Volunteers 2011
Technology & Innovation Award International Association of Emergency Managers - Global 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Translators Without Borders, Geeks Without Bounds, ICT4Peace, GISCorps, UN-OCHA, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), World Vision, USAID, ACAPS, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), ESRI, NetHope, Internews, Antwerp Emergency Services, British Red Cross, Humanity Road, Info4Disasters, Young Pioneer Disaster Response

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1,800
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 80%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 1 Indian, 1 Sri Lankan
Gender Female: 3
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Melissa Elliott
Board Chair Company Affiliation Standby Task Force Inc
Board Chair Term Feb 2017 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Per Aarvik Standby Task Force Voting
Ms. Melissa Elliott Blackbox Communications Voting
Ms. Joyce Monsees Standby Task Force Voting
Ms. Hilary Zainab Ervin US Dept of Health and Human Resources Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,000.00
Projected Expenses $830.00
Form 990s

2018 990N

2017 990N

2016 990N

2015 990N

2014 990-N

2013 990N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $56 $31 $5,738
Total Expenses $886 $569 $1,568

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $958
Government Contributions $0 $0 $1,758
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- $29
    Unspecified -- -- $1,729
Individual Contributions $56 $31 $22
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $3,000

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $821 $544 $1,543
Administration Expense $65 $25 $25
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.06 0.05 3.66
Program Expense/Total Expenses 93% 96% 98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $4,726 $5,555 $6,093
Current Assets $56 $31 $5,738
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $5,555 $6,093 $1,923
Total Net Assets $-830 $-537 $4,170

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.01 0.01 2.98

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

The Standby Task Force incorporated in 2014. The only expenses in 2014 were our incorporation costs. In 2015, we incurred a potential loss due to a theft. Our board is working with an attorney to recover the funds. In the meantime, we are showing the loss as a long-term liability

Foundation Comments

Due to its size, this organization files a 990N. Summary financial data is per the financials provided by the organization and consultation with the organization.

Documents


Other Documents

2016 Annual Report (2016)

2015 Annual Report (2015)

2014 Annual Report (2014)

No Other Documents currently available.