Effective Disaster Planning Needed Now More Than Ever

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We live in a world that is continually challenged by natural disasters, which can strike at any time, with little notice.  As a result, government agencies and first responders have to be prepared at all times. Fortunately, the use of the right geospatial solutions for planning and recovery can help tremendously.

Terrifying Images of Toronto Storm Reinforce Need for Effective Disaster Planning

Last year, the city of Toronto experienced a major storm, which resulted in massive flooding and rolling blackouts to conserve power while the city tried to stabilize the energy grid.

Fast forward to late June 2014 – approximately one year later – and Toronto experienced a similar storm that knocked out power in many parts of the city. The storm also captured a significant amount of social media attention due to these dramatic and terrifying images of the storm.

Geospatial information plays a critical role in all phases of disaster management, and can aid in many key life-saving activities.  By lessening the impact of natural disasters across all phases of disaster management, today’s geospatial solutions allow organizations to rapidly author, fuse, analyze, manage, and deliver data, which is crucial for up-to-date situational awareness and response and recovery efforts.

The ability to access information for rapidly responding to natural disasters should be a priority for any city, town or nation.  Natural disasters can happen at any moment, but being prepared can significantly improve response times, which ultimately saves lives.

 

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Mladen Stojic

Mladen Stojic has over 20 years of combined experience across Hexagon companies. During his career, Mladen has held senior leadership positions at Leica Geosystems, Intergraph, and now Hexagon Geospatial. As the President of Hexagon Geospatial, Mladen leads all areas of the business, ensuring a positive customer experience from development and product management to customer support, marketing, and sales. His overarching goal is to lead the company and the industry into a new era of innovation. Mladen holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Canada and a Master of Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.

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