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Florida had two major storms in 2016: Hurricane Hermine and Hurricane Mathew. Interestingly, each storm affected opposite coasts of Florida with no overlapping counties.  Here’s a map we compiled showing the total impact in dollars FEMA-published declaration letters:
FloridaDeclarations
What’s interesting here is that many more counties received declarations than had PDA impact numbers. Of course, there’s many reasons for this: Mathew was quickly declared and counties may have had more disaster costs identified after Florida sent the initial declaration letter. The latter shows the need for damage assessment software to more quickly pass disaster costs to the State.

We recently mapped the total impact dollars from Washington’s preliminary damage assessments, given that the state has seen quite a few disasters recently.  Washington had 58 county declarations in 2015 and 31 county declarations so far in 2016.  That’s a lot for a state with only 26 counties.  Check out the distribution of impact across the whole state:

There’s a definite pattern in the western and northeastern parts of the state.

We’ll find out more when we exhibit at the WSEMA conference next week.

Kentucky emergency managers had a very busy time in 2015 and 2016.  In 2015 Kentucky had 183 county declarations, and 20 county declarations so far in 2016.

If we take a look at the PDA totals from 2015 we see that most of the estimated disaster costs occurred in the eastern portion of the state and around Louisville.

We’ll be at the Kentucky Emergency Services conference this week to learn more.

We’re always looking to improve the damage assessment processes.  The State of Arkansas has had a particularly busy 2016 so far.  To date 44 Arkansas counties have received Public Assistance declarations, some have multiple declarations.

You can check out each county’s Preliminary Damage Assessment totals and see how they are distributed throughout the state (it may take a few seconds to load):

I’m curious why some counties have high values where as their neighbors have no values.  I’d love to overlay some historic weather data to see which counties were hit the hardest.  Do smaller sized counties have a disadvantage when reporting?  Which counties receive EMPG funds?  Are there other economic factors to consider?
We’ll also be at the Arkansas Emergency Management conference next week and will try to find out more information.

 

 

In the past 10 years we have seen GIS in Emergency Management move from paper maps on the wall to Situational Awareness Viewer Apps to GIS sharing platforms like ArcGIS Online and to mobile applications (like damage assessment apps).  Today’s most successful Emergency Management software is interoperable, geographic based, reliable in any environmental conditions, and accessible on mobile devices.  Here’s the GIS Trends in Emergency Management presentation from a recent Emergency Manager’s Meeting:

GIS Trends in Emergency Management