Esri are the leader in global mapping, and designs a highly sophisticated suite of products including Geographical Information System (GIS) software, web GIS and geo-database management applications.During a crisis, effective response and recovery includes incident mapping, establishing priorities and developing action plans to protect lives, property and the environment. Esri realises how GIS allows disaster managers to quickly assess and and visually display critical information on a location by location basis in the aftermath of a disaster. This is where Esri's Disaster Response Program (DRP) comes into play. Following a disaster, Esri provides software, data coordination, tech support and other GIS assistance to assist with emergency GIS operations.
The Esri Disaster Response Program provides an open data website where they make live feeds, base data and incident data related to disaster response available. This availability of open data as provided by Esri, allows responders to effectively carry out the mission at hand by improving information sharing, collaboration and interoperability of data which are crucial for success. Data procured from government data sources is integrated with the Esri's intelligent mapping system to provide information regarding the population size, number of households, businesses and administration and the land cover data of the affected region. This data allows responders to answer important questions which would allow them to determine the appropriate course of action.
Disaster Response Program in Action
In May 2014, Southeast and Central Europe were devastated by large-scale flooding. Rainfall in the region was the highest recorded in 120 years of recorded weather measurements and it is said to have affected over 1.6 million people after 1 week of flooding. Floodwaters caused over 2000 landslides in the Balkan region affecting many towns and villages. The rains activated torrents and mudslides, and subsequently several rivers in watersheds of Sava and Morava rose and flooded surrounding valleys. Esri's Disaster Response Program stepped in with the provision of mapping technology and demographic data which provided up to date information about the impacts to people and infrastructure which greatly assisted the response effort.
How Do We Apply?
Esri's Disaster Response Program continues to contribute hugely to the disaster response effort and its involvement in numerous disaster management missions has greatly benefitted countless communities. The program reduces the difficulties in meeting greater demands with fewer resources by encouraging the sharing of vital information.
Esri is supporting organizations that are responding to severe weather disasters with software, data, imagery, project services, and technical support. If you are in need of software or support, complete the Request Assistance form.
Esri and D4H Technologies
Our Emergency Response Team Software is fully compatible with Esri mapping. Transfer data from your Decisions account directly into Esri ArcGIS. As an Esri mapping partner and all accounts come with built-in ArcGIS Online mapping.
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