The Epicenter Deployment Support Unit (EDSU) is an extension of Epicenter Media & Training that enhances the technological capabilities of public- and private-sector organizations during critical events and emerging incidents.
With subject matter experts and trusted technologists with a wide variety of skills and expertise, the EDSU can deploy together as a task-force to perform mission critical functions or as a single resource to augment the capabilities of an existing incident structure.
Media monitoring specialists with the latest tools for both traditional media & social network analyses.
Drone Support (UAV/UAS)
With trained UAS operators across the country, EDSU flies next-generation UAVs to provide high-definition imagery and other mission critical functions.
Hazardous Weather Monitoring
Trained meteorologists provide decision support, keeping both your planned events & emerging incidents safer.
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) & mapping specialists with years of experience and cutting-edge technology can provide critical intelligence to improve Common Operating Picture.
EDSU provides critical third-party after action reporting and evaluation from subject matter experts with diverse backgrounds.
Expert trainers/facilitators provide in-depth, customized training programs in a wide variety of subjects – when and where you need it most.
Because EDSU is a small, flexible solution to event technological needs, there are a variety of ways our team can support your operations –both in-person & virtually.
Our personnel are the absolute best at what they do. They work at a staggering pace and understand how to get complex, technologically-advanced jobs done in high-stress, high-risk scenarios.
The Epicenter Deployment Support Unit has deployed to a multitude of planned events and emergency/disaster incidents ranging from large festivals and events with millions of attendees to Federal Disaster Declarations impacting numerous regions.
“EDSU truly is different. We’ve assembled a team of critical-thinkers, of technologists, of passionate incident management personnel who really know their stuff… It’s amazing to work with these people.”
Christopher Tarantino, MEP CMCP
The Epicenter Deployment Support Unit (EDSU) works with a variety of agencies and ad hoc organizational structures in the planning and response phase of emergencies/crisis. Our skills are diverse and our expertise is second-to-none; we keep track of the latest trends in disaster response technology and critical event planning methodologies, so you don’t have to.
- Planned Events 45% 45%
- Natural Disasters 40% 40%
- Training & Exercises 15% 15%
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join EDSU?
EDSU is an elite team of technologists with specialized experience in areas like media monitoring and open source intelligence; weather decision support and meteorology; unmanned aerial systems; virtual and augmented reality; sensors and Internet-of-Things applications; training/exercises; and a variety of other areas.
If you think you have what it takes, please send your resume and a brief statement outlining why you’d be a good fit on the team to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your application!
I'm having an incident/emergency now. How do I get EDSU?
Call +1 (585) 210-3011 at your earliest convenience and ask to speak with Christopher Tarantino (EDSU Team Lead). If you are asked to leave a message, please identify the following:
- Your name & agency
- The location of your incident/event
- Services requested (media monitoring, UAV/UAS, mapping, etc.)
- The expected duration of your deployment
- Contact information (phone and email) to reach you
How much does this cost?
In an effort to “right-size” our operations for each one of our clients, EDSU’s pricing tiers are directly correlated to the level of service provided. The factors that go into determining our pricing model for a given incident/event include: deployment length, services needed (and number of personnel requested), unique considerations and location.
Do I need personnel on-site? Can EDSU deploy virtually?
EDSU deployments are either planned (team members embed with an existing organizational structure for planned functions or events of national significance) or ad hoc (team members receive notification of an incident after-the-fact and are required to physically deploy to the affected area).
The other option (especially for services like media monitoring and hazardous weather decision support) includes virtual deployment, where the EDSU team member will perform services from an alternate location outside of the affected area or from another predetermined location. The parameters for a virtual deployment are usually discussed between the EDSU Team Lead and the requesting agency’s liaison.
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