Orange County Government, Florida
Laureen Martinez, Communications Division Assistant Manager
(407) 836-5301 or Laureen.Martinez@ocfl.net
30 May 2014
Mayor Teresa Jacobs and
Chief Information Officer Rafael Mena
Bring Orange County Solutions to the White House

Orange County, FL - Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Chief Information Officer Rafael Mena were invited to Washington D.C, tomorrow, May 30, to meet with President Barack Obama and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco. Orange County Government was selected as one of only three organizations to demonstrate innovations in emergency response. During the closed meeting of the President’s Annual Briefing for Hurricane Preparation, Orange County will be the only county in the nation presenting. The State of Virginia and the Department of Energy will also participate in the “Innovations Presentations” to top officials from FEMA, Homeland Security and the White House.

Mena’s presentation will focus on the County’s effort to connect to the community through technology—specifically through two recently launched interactive smartphone applications. Highlighting the County’s emergency response innovations, the presentation will showcase OCFL Alert, a smart phone app that gives you critical information during times of emergency. Additionally, OCFL 311, which allows users to photograph, pinpoint and report problems from potholes to hazardous sidewalk cracks directly from their smartphone to Orange County’s 311 Service Center, will be presented.

Mena is excited to share the County’s success and lessons learned from these initiatives and added, “We look forward to sharing our ideas on how we serve and protect our citizens through technology.”

“Public safety is always our top priority. Through the use of technology, residents have continuous connections with the County,” Mayor Jacobs said.

The free apps are available for download and can be used on both iPhone and Android devices.

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.