Hurricane Sally was the 18th named storm in the 2020 Atlantic Season, forming over the Bahamas in Early September. The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG) requested support from GISCorps Volunteers for the long-standing Disaster Crowdsource Photos effort to provide situational awareness to emergency managers. Hurricane Sally made landfall on September 16th near Gulf Shores, AL, as a Category 2 hurricane. The storm surge and high winds caused a large amount of damage to cities along the coast from Gulf Shores to Pensacola. After making landfall, Sally brought widespread inland flooding to cities in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Twenty-one volunteers joined the effort, contributing more than 175 hours and 450 photos in 4 days! Thanks to all the volunteers that contributed: Jonathan Heiss, Nahum-Obed Sanchez, Alyssia Church, Patience Farmer, Robyn Tippins, Miranda Harvey, Onix Martinez, Hannah Larsen, Sadie Barker, Jeremy Conner, Christina Brunsvold, Jessica Randall, Brad Fisher, Paul Paddock, Mia Maschal, Vickery Cleveland, David Thell, Shaifali Prajapati, Charles Page, Keith Johnson, and Suman Bhan. This project was managed by Core Committee members German Whitley, Erin Arkison, and Nadine Trahan with assistance from Holly Torpey. Thanks also to Rob Neppell of CEDR Digital Corps, who provided social media search support.
With help from some recent improvements to the Volunteer Portal, volunteers were able to view feedback on their photo submissions this time. This has dramatically improved the percentage of images that were approved by the Admin Team and has helped reduce the amount of confusion. GISCorps expects to activate for all major weather disasters in 2020 using this platform.
Explore all past disaster events NAPSG, CEDR, and GISCorps have partnered on using the Attachment Viewer application embedded below or at this link.