Friday, November 9, 2012

Crowdsourced Disaster Assessment for Hurricane Sandy

All I can say is, this is fantastic. FEMA, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and MapMill have teamed up to make a crowdsourced disaster assessment tool for the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Very simple - just go to the site, you'll be shown a high resolution image of an area affected by Sandy taken by CAP, with a little magnifying glass. You then follow some simple rules for classifying damage as light, moderate or heavy.  Results are then used to prioritize assessment done by experts at FEMA. A beautifully designed tool, a great example of the use of informatics in disasters, and a great innovation by FEMA.

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