Aerial mapping tool helps local government plan for disasters
A new geospatial tool has been released designed to help local governments plan for severe weather events, support recovery and expedite insurance claims.
Australian provider of aerial imagery and location analysis Nearmap aims to map all major natural disasters in the country that have a significant impact on property, infrastructure and communities, including bushfires, cyclones, storms, hail, earthquakes, floods and tsunamis.
It has already captured more than 6,200 square kilometers of stricken land, including the floods in New South Wales, the Perth Hills fires and Cyclone Seroja in Western Australia.
Nearmap chief executive and CEO Rob Newman said the company has pledged to cover an additional 15,000 square kilometers of stricken land outside of its regular capture program. According to Nearmap, the information can help organizations assess damage, plan disaster response, and manage reconstruction and recovery, with its ImpactResponse tool providing aerial imagery and location-wide location data. city ââa few days after a disaster.
The tool was developed in collaboration with government agencies and disaster relief organizations, including Disaster Relief Australia.