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:
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: