Tropical Storm Dorian became a named storm on August 24th, battering the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean with strong winds and rains. It strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane on August 28th, and it continues to gain strength as it progresses toward the Bahamas and the east coast of Florida.
On August 27, the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG) requested the support of volunteers from GISCorps and CEDR Digital Corps to populate the 2019 Hurricanes Crowdsourced Photos Story Map to enhance situational awareness for emergency managers and first responders in affected areas.
Led by the 2019 Hurricanes Admin Team and collaborating in dedicated Slack channels shared by NAPSG and GISCorps, the volunteers are mining social media for photos and videos of on-the-ground conditions in the path of Hurricane Dorian, geolocating those photos, and uploading them to the application. CEDR Digital is supporting the project by supplementing the volunteers’ manual searches with an automated feed of relevant tweets posted directly to Slack.
Recruitment complete, project in process. Additional volunteers may be recruited as the storm progresses.