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.