In this 5-part blog series, we interview GIS and emergency management expert, Richard Butergerit, on the use of GIS technologies to improve catastrophe response. GIS Technology’s Impact on Disaster Preparedness & Response In last week’s blog post, we talked about the trend toward more frequent disasters across the country and introduced you to Richard Butgereit, our Director of Catastrophe Response. This week, we continue the conversation by diving deeper with Richard into how GIS technology is being leveraged to improve disaster preparedness and response. What role does GIS technology playSEE DETAILS
GIC activated to Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring on 8-June for monitoring wildfire conditions in the Central Valley and areas north of San Francisco in California. The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to alert of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. Pacific Gas & Electric has shut off power Saturday to about 1,600 customers in Northern California and may do the same for thousands more to reduceSEE DETAILS
This past weekend officially marked the start of the Atlantic 2019 hurricane season. As we look to the future, new strategies and capabilities are needed to better mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from these devastating events. This past year, the United States saw unparalleled devastation. Major events included catastrophic wildfires in California and two of the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States in decades. In September 2018, Hurricane Florence struck the coastline of North Carolina and brought record flooding, dangerously high winds, and a hazardous storm surge. Reports estimateSEE DETAILS
Today we published imagery collected on 28-May for the tornadoes that struck Dayton, Ohio. Images were collected over areas of the city and are now available via secure web maps and services available at http://maps.geointel.org. If you have any questions please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Credentials for public safety stakeholders to access the data may be requested at email@example.com.
GIC has activated Level 2 – Partial Activation for imagery collection over areas impacted by tornadoes north of Dayton, Ohio. Imagery will be collected today, Tuesday 28-May, over a swath stretching from Brookville to Riverside, including areas of Trotwood and Harrison Township. If you have any questions or wish to provide input to our area of interest for this activation please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.