A reminder to agencies, organizations, non-profits, consultants and other GIS professionals who are involved in the response to natural disasters such as wildfires and the more recent flooding and hurricane that has impacted Texas and surrounding areas. Esri is prepared to support those who are responding and supporting agencies with GIS, mapping related services and analysis.
Esri has announced, through Twitter, that they have resources available to support users who are involved in response efforts.
This from Esri: “Esri’s Disaster Response Program (DRP) is here to support you around the clock, 24/7. Monitor events online, explore rich content, augment software, and request assistance from Esri experts as part of our corporate citizenship. We’re here when you need us most — during the darkest of times” Additionally, “Request assistance from Esri experts, augment software, explore content, and monitor events online as part of our corporate citizenship”
So, how is Esri helping? As an example, Humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief has created interactive ESRI maps that show exactly where these communities are. The mapmakers have used the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social vulnerability index to show the geographic distribution of households with elderly or disabled members (in orange), immigrant and limited English-speaking populations (in purple), and pockets of poverty (in green). The darker the color, the higher the concentration of these factors in each region:
DRP is supporting assistance requests for Hurricane Harvey response. Find resources on the Hurricanes tab. Esri is supporting organizations that are responding to hurricane/cyclone disasters with software, data, imagery, project services, and technical support. If you are in need of software or support, complete the Request Assistance form. All requests should be justified in the message section of the form and are subject to approval.
- Vulnerable Communities in Harvey’s Path, Mapped
- See Esri DRP in ArcGIS Online
- Houston Conditions Monitoring Map
- Houston live traffic map
— Esri (@Esri) August 28, 2017