Monday, July 22, 2013

Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards Mapping Tool

Last week FEMA released a news bulletin which highlights two reports and an online mapping tool recently released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The focus of these efforts is providing Emergency Managers with a better understanding of probability of hurricane-induced coastal change. The first report assesses the U.S. coastline from Florida to North Carolina, while the second covers Virginia to New York. Per the release, the mapping tool is described as follows:
The new online mapping tool, based on a USGS state-of-the-art model, will allow community planners and emergency managers to focus on a specific storm category and see the predicted coastal change in their area. This information may help with decisions ranging from changes to building codes and locations for new construction, to determining the best evacuation routes for future storms.
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Comment: Nice job by FEMA letting the Emergency Management community know that the venerable USGS has a lot to offer the world of Respond, Recover, Mitigate, and Prepare.

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