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SpotOnResponse was created to make the world a little more secure.

"With SpotOnResponse, we finally have a pocket-sized tool that makes a nationwide impact to ensure every community's preparedness, our response personnel accountability and safety, and the security of our friends and family."

- Craig Fugate, Former FEMA Administrator

The first commercial software for incident management - the Emergency Information System - was released in 1981.  And Jim Morentz did it.  The inspiration and design was based on combining academic study (Ph.D. in communications and technology from the University of Pennsylvania) and practical analysis (more than 250 post-disaster studies for the National Governors Association and the U.S. State Department).  


After about five years of constant software evolution founded in dozens of real-world disaster and planned event responses, Jim met Craig Fugate when he was serving in Alachua County, Florida.  Craig's commitment to employing technology wherever it helps solve emergency management problems was legendary through his leadership positions in the State of Florida and FEMA. SpotOnResponse continues the technology evolution Jim began and is now strengthened by the enormous practical experience Craig brings to the team.  

Every year there are dozens of natural disasters and widespread life-threatening emergencies just in the United States alone, which is why Craig and Jim have teamed up to deliver SpotOnResponse as the best "Whole Community" incident management application, ever.

the team

Meet the Team

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Craig Fugate

Former Administrator



Craig Fugate served as President Obama's FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017. Before that, he was Florida's Emergency Management Director under Governor Jeb Bush. While working at the federal level, Mr. Fugate led FEMA through multiple record-breaking disaster years and over 500 Presidentially-declared major disasters, including the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Matthew, Hurrican Sandy, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding.

James Morentz, Ph.D.


Dr. Jim Morentz has delivered technology solutions for planning and response to international governments and organizations as well as U.S. local, state, and federal agencies. His private sector work for Fortune 50 companies and small business give him a unique perspective on what it takes to make business resilient. He is a Computerworld Smithsonian Award recipient for "Visionary Use of Information Technology" and a Chamber of Commerce Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative Award winner. 

Ernie Dipko

Technical Director

Ernie Dipko has extensive experience with both hardware and software technology. His work with the Dept. of Homeland Security and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services helped shape SpotOnResponse into a leading comprehensive emergency management technology. Mr. Dipko's experience in all aspects of information technology - from servers and networks to mobile apps - means that SpotOnResponse delivers technical excellence.

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