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Remote sensing technologies employed to conduct rapid damage assessment after the 2011 US Tornadoes PDF Print E-mail
GIS News - Public Safety and Emergency Response
Written by New Light Technologies   
15 August 2011

Within days after devastating tornadoes struck Alabama and Missouri, the damage experts at ImageCat and New Light Technologies produced a rapid building damage assessment database to estimate losses from the event. This work was done through the use of high-resolution pre- and post- event NOAA aerial photography, Google Earth satellite imagery and engineering expertise.

Over 400 sq miles of area was analyzed in Tuscaloosa (Alabama), Birmingham (Alabama) and Joplin (Missouri). 17,000 + properties were identified with damage ranging from limited to catastrophic. The results from this damage assessment were intended to provide actionable information that FEMA could use in its Individual Assistance (IA) Program.

In addition to the rapid building damage assessment database a distribution of damaged building by occupancy was developed. The building occupancy damage analysis played a key role in identifying the owners of damaged building and in supporting the housing assistance program.

With the availability of very high-resolution aerial imagery, the damage assessment for the spring tornadoes of 2011 provided an accurate account of catastrophic damage levels in the impacted areas. The development of a damage protocol for tornadoes using a combination of several damage classification schemes ensured the production and delivery of a consistent damage assessment database to FEMA.

About ImageCat, Inc.
ImageCat, Inc. is an international risk management innovation company, whose mission is to support the global risk and disaster management needs of today, using the technologies of tomorrow. As a leading provider of advanced technologies for risk and disaster management, ImageCat is highly regarded for cutting-edge products, consultancy services, and R&D activities targeting decision support needs for all phases of the disaster management cycle.

About New Light Technologies
Established in 2001, New Light Technologies, Inc (NLT) provides enterprise information solutions that combine IT ingenuity and industry intelligence to drive high-performance results for its clients. NLT uses planning, organization, and control procedures to assure responsible, timely, and effective service delivery.


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