FEMA Receives Prestigious Making a Difference Award

Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:51pm EDT

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Honor Bestowed at Esri Federal GIS Conference for Superstorm Sandy Response
REDLANDS, Calif.,  March 13, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Emergency
Management Agency's (FEMA's) efforts to assist after the destruction of
Superstorm Sandy-including its first-of-its-kind mapping platform, the 
GeoPlatform-were recognized by Esri at its annual Federal GIS Conference held in
 Washington, DC, February 25-27. The company honored FEMA with its prestigious
Making a Difference Award, which recognizes organizations doing exemplary work
using geospatial technology. The award was presented  Wednesday, February 27, at
a special ceremony that included FEMA management and Esri president  Jack

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"FEMA supports our nation during crises, and its leadership and staff at all
levels work extremely hard to carry out that mission every day," said
Dangermond. "We want to recognize their tremendous work during Sandy. The agency
supplied intuitive mapping applications that allowed people to understand the
emergency as it unfolded and to begin the process of rebuilding."

FEMA's GIS efforts immediately provided much-needed information during and after
Superstorm Sandy. Taking advantage of Esri's cloud capabilities, FEMA's
GeoPlatform supplied the perfect mechanism to build and make available a series
of applications that help people impacted by the storm. The GeoPlatform was
built using Esri ArcGIS Online. This meant FEMA didn't have to spend time and
resources on maintenance and hardware. It could focus on end-user wants and
needs in designing applications.

FEMA had personnel in different impacted regions publishing map and tabular data
using the GeoPlatform. This included aerial imagery, surge models, damage
assessments, open and closed gas stations, power outages, and school closures.
For immediate response, people could go online and understand what was happening
on the ground using dynamically updated information. For long-term recovery, the
GeoPlatform helped people and FEMA staff to more quickly process requests for
assistance using up-to-date, accessible online information.

A few of the powerful applications included the following:

* Check Your Home-People could click on the online map to see how many homes,
neighborhoods, and communities were impacted. The application provided easy
access to imagery FEMA collected immediately after the storm.  
* Modeling Task Force Map-This map predicted flood areas that would incur
damage. Desktop experts ran sophisticated models and published them to the web
with updates happening almost daily.  
* Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE)-FEMA issued ABFE maps post-Sandy for the
recovery work. As rebuilding efforts take place, the maps and related
information help people stay current with new floodplain and insurance

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think
and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more
than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in
 the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune
500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications,
running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise
servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri
is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop,
mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at  www.esri.com.  

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