On May 19th, two dams on Central Michigan’s Tittabawassee River failed after days of heavy rain inundated the area, forcing the evacuations of the towns of Edenville, Sanford, and Midland. NAPSG Foundation once again called on GISCorps to help map flooding impacts to the area. On very short notice, a small team of experienced volunteers quickly added 65 photos to the map. Thanks to Keith Johnson, Ingrid Jourgensen, and Zach Tunstall for their immediate response.
This was the first deployment of the application for a flooding event outside of hurricanes. For these sudden, short duration events (<24 hours), we rely on volunteers who have participated in previous activations, understand the workflow, and monitor Slack on a regular basis. For future, more predictable large events, such as hurricanes, we will always put out an open call for volunteers via our mailing list.
Explore all the disaster events NAPSG and GISCorps have partnered on using this Cowdsource-style platform below or at this link: