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GIC has mobilized and is flying an aircraft today to capture aerial imagery in response to tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia. We have an Eagle camera flying capturing 7.5 cm imagery over areas devastated by several tornadoes between Tuskegee, Alabama and Waverly Hall, Georgia, including the fatal EF-4 through Beauregard-Smiths Station, Lee County, Alabama. Data collected will be shipped to our image processing center in Centennial, processed, and made available to GIS members and public safety stakeholders via secure map services available at http://maps.geointel.org.   If you have any questions please reach out to us at support@geointel.org. Credentials for public safety stakeholders to access the data may be requested at credentials@geointel.org.

This is a LEVEL 2 – Partial Activation. What does this mean? 
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Gray Sky, News
Today we published true-color and color-infrared imagery for areas of Sonoma County California along the Russian River affected by flooding. An Eagle camera captured 5 cm imagery from Cloverdale down river to Jenner, including the heavily flooded area of Guerneville. Data was collected on Friday afternoon, shipped to our image processing center in Centennial, processed, and is now available to GIC members and public safety stakeholders via secure web maps and services available at http://maps.geointel.org.   If you have any questions please reach out to us at support@geointel.org. Credentials for public safety stakeholders to access the data may be requested at credentials@geointel.org.
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The GIC has mobilized and is flying an aircraft today to capture aerial imagery in response to flooding in Sonoma County, California along the Russian River. Data collected will be shipped to our image processing center in Centennial, CO, processed, and made available by Monday to GIC members and public safety stakeholders via our secure web map available at http://maps.geointel.org.  

If you have any questions please reach out to us at support@geointel.org.

Credentials for public safety stakeholders to access the data may be requested at
credentials@geointel.org.

This is a GIC Activation Level 2 – Partial Activation

In a partial activation, all GIC gray sky staff and some GIC blue sky resources and support functions will devote efforts towards support of gray sky operations. GIC gray sky staff will work remotely with public safety officials to ensure effective identification for refinement of areas of interest and foster data sharing.

MORE INFO ON ACTIVATION LEVELS
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Activation Level 3: Enhanced Monitoring

GIC is monitoring flooding
in the midst of powerful winter storms that have battered Sonoma County  California with heavy rains that caused the Russian River to overflow its banks, and forcing the evacuation of thousands residents due to major flooding.

As always, we invite input from all GIC members. If conditions worsen and you have requests for areas your organization needs flown, please reach out to support@geointel.org.


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Activation Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring

GIC is monitoring conditions in the Southeastern/Central Appalachians, and in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with widespread wind advisories and high wind warnings in effect throughout Monday. Additionally, we are watching damage assessment summaries come in for tornadoes in Mississippi.

As always, we invite input from all GIC members. If conditions worsen and you have requests for areas your organization needs flown,
please reach out to support@geointel.org.

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We’re excited to announce 
USAA has joined the Geospatial Intelligence Center!

“By joining the GIC, USAA will have access to the most advanced imaging and data available today to better serve its members with enhanced underwriting tools for policies and with fast response to their members impacted by a disaster.”

Read the full story by clicking the link below.

https://lnkd.in/eVg6rHZ
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GIC is continuing to monitor conditions in Southern California for mudslides and flooding particularly in areas affected by the Woolsey Fire. Local emergency management authorities have issued mandatory and voluntary evacuations and some roads have been closed. However, significant damage to property has not yet been observed via our monitoring of social and traditional media. NWS Los Angeles Area Forecast Discussion calls for precipitation tapering off tonight with several hours of minimal shower activity going through Wednesday morning and then rain picking up again later Wednesday and into Thursday as the next system arrives.

As always, we invite input from all GIC members. If conditions worsen and you have requests for areas your organization needs to be flown, please reach out to support@geointel.org. 
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Boulder, CO — October 15, 2018

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm. The storm has left widespread destruction totaling up to an estimated $4.5 billion in property damage, a death toll of 18 people to date, and tens of thousands without homes, electricity, and food.

In response, the Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC) on Thursday began mobilizing a fleet of aircraft equipped with Vexcel Imaging UltraCam digital aerial camera systems to capture ultra high-resolution vertical and oblique imagery of impacted areas, beginning at the gulf coastline and moving inland as far as Macon, Georgia. The entire collection covers regions in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama and amounts to an area 84k square kilometers, roughly the size of Austria. 

The imagery began appearing in the GIC ArcGIS Online based web map portal as early as Friday, October 12, less than 24 hours from collection, where it was made accessible to GIC member insurers, NOAA, FEMA, Red Cross and first responders involved in ground efforts. Additionally, a public-facing web map is available on the GIC website, allowing visitors to search for properties and locations and to compare before and after storm imagery using an on-screens swipe tool.

The GIC is a National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) initiative in partnership with Vexcel Imaging that is focused on building a national database of high-resolution imagery to be used by its member companies that write almost 80 percent of all property/casualty insurance and over 94 percent of all auto insurance in the country, as well as public sector and non-governmental organizations. The Geospatial Intelligence Center has previously mapped the areas hardest hit by hurricanes and disasters and those views are also available through the web map portal.  The GIC partners with Esri, a worldwide leader in GIS software and services, to leverage its ArcGIS online platform and tools to underpin the GIC web map portal for visualization and exploitation of the imagery.

 “Hurricane Michael is the first Category 4 storm in recorded history to make landfall in the northeast Gulf Coast,” said Ryan Bank, founder of the Geospatial Intelligence Center. “Regrettably, it may not be the last. The trend for billion-dollar weather and climate disasters shows a year-over-year increase. In 2017 alone, the US saw more than $300 billion in disaster-related costs. The GIC is committed to providing rapid and efficient aerial response to quickly get imagery into the hands of those who can use it to respond to citizens in such times of crisis.”

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau:

Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy, and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $436 billion in insurance premiums in 2016, or more than 79 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 94 percent ($202 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

About Vexcel Imaging:

Based in Boulder, CO, Vexcel Imaging Inc. is a leading provider of geospatial data and services and mapping products. At the core of the business is the industry-leading line of UltraCam digital aerial and terrestrial camera systems widely adopted by aerial mapping firms worldwide and underpinning the Vexcel data program. The UltraCam portfolio provides a range of imaging systems including photogrammetric nadir camera systems, combined nadir and oblique image capture systems, and high-altitude wide-area mapping systems. For terrestrial collection, the car-based mobile mapping system UltraCam Mustang captures a street-level perspective, and the UltraCam Panther collects high-resolution imagery, video, and LiDAR via a portable 3D reality mapping system. These systems, coupled with the UltraMap workflow software, offer geospatial data organizations and geospatial data users with highly accurate but cost-effective nadir, oblique and streetside data expertise. In 2006, Vexcel Imaging was acquired by Microsoft Corporation and contributed as a subsidiary to the success of Microsoft’s Bing program by pushing the envelope of photogrammetric hardware and software technology with innovations that underpinned the Bing Maps web service and mapping platform. As a direct result of these advancements, the UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software solution was born and today offers customers with an extremely rapid and efficient solution for generating aerial imagery and downstream data products such as high-density point clouds, digital surface models and orthophotos. Ten years later, Vexcel Imaging is again a private company and continuing our story of success with renewed and greater flexibility and agility. Learn more about Vexcel Imaging at http://www.vexcel-imaging.com/.

To access the Hurricane Florence Portal go to: https://maps.geointel.org/app/gic-public/


About Esri:

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world’s largest cities, most national governments, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and location analytics to inform the most authoritative maps in the world. Visit us at esri.com.


     
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Gray Sky, News

UPDATE 

The Geospatial Intelligence Center crews were able to capture the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Michael on Mexico Beach, Florida, one of the hardest hit areas. This once beautiful beach town has been completely devastated after taking a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Wide swaths of new high-resolution imagery have been added to our GIC web portal map. You can view the before/after imagery by clicking the link below: 

https://maps.geointel.org/app/gic-public/

The large aerial imagery coverage offers a striking comparison of the beach town showing the effects of Hurricane Michael. Images show entire blocks of homes and communities that now remain as piles of rubble, a truly heart-wrenching sight to see. 

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The GIC will continue to add imagery with the aim of providing maximum coverage of impacted areas that have been hit by Hurricane Michael. This data is used by insurers, government agencies and emergency responders to assist in the critical disaster relief efforts.

The target areas of interest (AOIs) for imagery coverage of Hurricane Michael are listed out below: 

Areas collected 10/12/18: (Florida) Pensacola, Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, Valparaiso, Santa Rosa Beach, Panama City, Lynn Haven, Callaway, Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, Eastpoint, Carrabelle, Sopchoppy, Panacea, Steinhatchee, Suwannee, Cedar Key, and more.

Planned area collection for 10/13/18: (Florida) Tallahassee, Marianna, Southport, Youngstown, Wewahitchka, Blountstown, Chipley, Bonifay, Defuniak Springs, Bainbridge, Cairo, Colquitt, Thomasville. (Georgia) Albany, Macon. (Alabama) Dothan.

Collections are ongoing and new data continues to populate the GIC web map portal which now includes data from the most efficient of our camera systems, the Condor. This sensor allows for rapid wide area mapping at high altitudes, swaths that are miles wide, allowing the GIC to provide members with post-disaster imagery in record time following an event.

The Geospatial Intelligence Center’s response will extend through the weekend and is planned to be ongoing into the coming week. 


“The Geospatial Intelligence Center has previously mapped the areas hardest hit by previous hurricanes and disasters and those views are also available. This effort is part of the massive data collection and processing system spearheaded by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), whose member companies write almost 80 percent of all property/casualty insurance and over 94 percent of all auto insurance in the country.” 

– National Insurance Crime Bureau 



To learn more about this effort please contact: 
info@geospatial.org 


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