The FirstToSee is an Emergency Support System that leverages existing social media technologies to greatly improve emergency preparedness and management in the Puget Sound. This regional solution gives Western Washington responders the advantage of adding thousands of more eyes on the street. Responders can use the FirstToSee portal to gather and view large amounts of data from popular social media sites. FirstToSee uses advanced technology to compile this data into filterable and editable categories. Information can also be viewed in tabular and map format. Tabular view lists abbreviated data in expandable columns and gives the status and priority of each listing. Map view gives a real-time overview of locations and incident types.
Meanwhile, the FirstToSee mobile app provides the public with new tools for communicating directly with responders. Often it is the public who are the first to sense danger or help survivors immediately following a disaster. The app allows users to send emergency reports and photos from their smartphones or tablets. These reports are available in the FirstToSee portal in near-real time. Furthermore, the app has a “trusted user” function that will highlight reports submitted by public employees or vetted volunteers.