Thursday, November 3, 2011


After more than three years of development, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently announced release of its newest software for emergency preparedness and response - Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk (ROVER), which is described as, “fast, free, mobile software for pre- and post-earthquake building safety screening.”  A key feature of the product is its ability to determine and record geolocation of the structure being reviewed.   
Here are some links if you want to know more:
ROVER is available on CD-ROM (FEMA P-154 ROVER CD) from the FEMA Publications Warehouse by calling (800) 480-2520 or by faxing a request to (240) 699-0525.  Alternately, the software can be downloaded from the Rover Community Page. 

Comment: Not that we are expecting earthquakes in Minnesota any time in the near future, but this software is indicative of where the “supporting tools” part of Emergency Management is headed: mobile, handheld, with geospatial at its core.

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