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FEMA’S Geospatial Information Unit Develops Tools for Flood Recovery and Mitigation

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February 13, 2017
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BATON ROUGE, La. — Part of the road to recovery has been mapped with the help of FEMA’s Geospatial Information Unit.

Graphics produced by the Geospatial Information Unit have given emergency managers a more complete picture of the August flood so they know where to use resources to advance recovery. Since the beginning of the disaster, the unit has provided daily updates to identify everything from where to deliver food to survivors to where available housing is.

FEMA shares graphics and data with local and state government entities so they have more resources to develop long-term recovery plans. Local, state and federal partners helped the unit create the following graphics:

  • The Civil Air Patrol and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provide aerial imagery to determine locations and the extent of damaged structures — many times in inaccessible places.
  • Satellite imagery supplied by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency determines flood locations and scope of damage.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey provides high water marks to model flood depths.
  • FEMA personnel provide information on structural damage and road closures.

Graphics produced by the Geospatial Information Unit also help create a more resilient Louisiana. The unit is assisting with the ongoing watershed study to develop ways to manage areas where rivers drain — watersheds — so communities can prevent or reduce infrastructure damage.

Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 12:01