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Emergency and Disaster Response

First and foremost:  Best wishes to all of our members and friends in the path of any of the storms. We trust that you are heeding the warnings of the experts but also know that many of you have been called  into action where your skills can be used to save many.  Be safe!

As the 2018 hurricane season has picked up energy, URISA has been engaged in the gathering and sharing of information that can help communities prepare for and quickly recover from these disasters.

One of the most important examples of our service has been the work of URISA’s GISCorps which has been working with the NAPSG Foundation to crowdsource data for emergency preparedness and response related to Hurricanes Florence and Isaac. Check out the constantly-updated map here

From Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last year, GISCorps has had a tremendous impact. If your community has an  immediate need, submit a request for volunteers here.  


There is so much information available to help  impacted communities know where they are at risk and how the citizens in those communities can obtain help before, during and after a hurricane. 

We have found this is a good place to start: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/2018-hurricane-resources/.  It includes:

  • Hurricane Forecasts & Advisories
  • Hurricane Situational Awareness Viewer
  • Search & Rescue Support tools
  • Damage Assessment Templates
  • and more. 

disasters.geoplatform.gov  contains LOTS of information related to estimated hazard impacts, logistical needs, etc.

Hurricane Incident Journal - https://fema.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=97f53eb1c8724609ac6a0b1ae861f9b5

Please share other not-to-miss resources/sites and we'll add it.

URISA, our members and volunteers are here to help your community. 


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