Crisis Response

"In the event of a disaster, we can't count on internet access. That is a lesson we learned during Hurricane Gustav. It's great when we hear the National Guard is working to setup a temporary satellite Wi-Fi, but we can't stop working until a new network becomes available. So in the past, you relied a lot on pen and paper. With the use of TerraGo GeoPDFs and TerraGo Edge, property maps and imagery will always be available in an emergency, even without an internet connection. What we need for future damage assessments is a mobile solution that combines both offline maps and custom forms on our tablets and smartphones." said Earl Eues, Director of the Terrebonne Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Learn More.

One of the greatest challenges emergency management and response personnel face is gaining rapid-access to relevant location and geospatial intelligence. This intelligence provides key insights to help prepare for and/or respond to events. Whether it’s a natural disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake, or a threat to national security such as a terrorist attack, responders put their lives on the line to help others to safety, properly secure areas to prevent further damage and assess damage to determine next steps. Not having the right information at the right time can prove disastrous.

In many incidents, multiple agencies are called to respond to a crisis. TerraGo’s GeoPDF® technology makes it easy to assess the damage and ensure effective analysis of events by providing a standardized view of the environment. It also enables information to be easily shared among teams to avoid communication breakdowns that can lead to increased risks in dangerous situations.

When disaster strikes, accurate and timely data from personnel on the ground can save thousands of lives and prevent millions of dollars of property damage. Unfortunately, conditions for reporting data are particularly challenging in that climate. Cellular connectivity may be down, transportation infrastructure can be destroyed and data can be scattered across multiple agencies. Finding a way to organize this data and quickly report it back to a central disaster planning headquarters/unit is very challenging.

TerraGo Edge makes it easy for field personnel, volunteers and others to record field observations and immediately sync that information back to home base. Even the smallest delay in response time can mean disaster in these types of conditions.

Emergency response agencies can use TerraGo Edge to create notebooks with tasks, custom forms and access offline maps. These notebooks can then be assigned to teams to use offsite, which is useful for these areas that may not always have connectivity. For example, forms can be created to monitor structural damage (building type, number of occupants, damage type), aid facilities in the area (number of volunteers, food status, power status) or even monitor evacuation routes (congestion, road conditions, etc.)

Simplify your workflow, increase crisis response visibility, create a common operating picture, reduce costs and save lives by using TerraGo Edge to manage your mobile workforce.