The New England chapter of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) in conjunction with…
On October 28th, Hurricane Zeta became the 5th named storm to strike Louisiana in 2020. Zeta reached land as a strong Category 2 storm coming onshore at Cocodrie, LA. The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG) requested support from GISCorps volunteers via the Disaster Crowdsource Photos effort, to provide situational awareness to emergency managers. This is GISCorps’ eleventh NAPSG activation and 7th major Atlantic storm for the year.
The strength and speed of the storm took many by surprise, and the extent of the damage was unexpected. The storm had wide ranging impacts from Louisiana, across the Southeast, and all the way north into New Jersey. Storm surge flooding was seen near the impact zone, flash flooding was seen in the Carolinas, and millions were without power for days due to downed trees and powerline damage.
Twenty-three volunteers participated by contributing 283 photos in 2 days for a total of 92 hours. Thanks to all the volunteers that contributed: Jonathan Heiss, Hannah Larsen, Alyssia Church, Emilie Pratt, Michelle Schmitz, Peg Gronemeyer, Sadie Barker, Vickery Cleveland, Brigit Anderson, Sarah Burns, Ingrid Jourgensen, Mia Maschal, Brad Fisher, Nicholas Chiavini, Charles Page, Shaifali Prajapati, Christy Rees, Hannah Gonzales, Rick Monteiro, Christina Brunsvold, Keith Johnson, Misha Alia Awad, and Todd Kesselring. This project was managed by Core Committee members German Whitley and Erin Arkison with assistance from Holly Torpey.