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Collect Hurricane Damage Assessments

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The most reliable way to collect damage estimates is still to send people out to survey the wake of the disaster. In this lesson, you’ll configure surveys for them to efficiently collect all the relevant information about the type and scale of the damage. You’ll then create a map of the results that you can use to both quantify the effects of the disaster and direct recovery and clean up crews.

As natural disasters strengthen in intensity, so does the cost to people and property. One of the challenges for responders is to figure out the scope of that damage. Hurricane Harvey smashed rainfall records in 2017 when the August storm stalled over the Houston area for four days and dropped 60-inches of rain, according to a 2018 report from the National Weather Service. Harvey inflicted $125 billion in damages, which included the destruction of an estimated 12,700 homes. In this lesson, you’ll use several ArcGIS apps to create, collect and share damage assessments of those residential buildings using ArcGIS Pro, Survey 123 for ArcGIS, Collector for ArcGIS, and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS.

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