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Easing the Burden: People and Technology Hard at Work

by Matt Cronin on Sep 7, 2017 3:11:07 PM


The 2017 Hurricane Season has been extremely active and with devastating impacts on the United States. Hurricane Harvey set a new rainfall record in the U.S., required thousands of residents to be rescued, destroyed tens of thousands of homes and is likely to be one of the most costly natural disasters of all time. As Harvey moves north, Hurricane Irma is intensifying and making its way toward the Florida as a Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.    

During these times of disaster, Intermedix Emergency Preparedness Division personnel are hard at work using our suite of products to fulfill our mission of serving those who save lives. During Harvey, Intermedix products were used extensively by agencies at the local, state and federal levels to coordinate numerous response activities, including:

  • Resource and Task Management
  • Mutual Aid Tracking
  • Volunteer Management
  • Shelter Management
  • Incident Action Planning
  • GIS/Mapping
  • Patient/Evacuee Tracking
  • Significant Event Reporting
  • Operational Activity Timeline Management
  • Mass Notifications
  • Medical Resource Management
  • Hospital Bed Tracking

And many more.

One set of capabilities that is available for the first time for large-scale disaster response is the new, robust mapping features offered in the WebEOC Maps Add-on product. This product allows for consuming an endless amount of external data feeds ranging from NOAA data such as hurricane tracking and forecasting, temperatures, watches and warnings, and radar, to traffic and rain gauges, to name a few. Data sources can be added in seconds without any coding required and can range from Esri Map or Feature Services to other formats such as WMS or KML. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) offers a variety of HIFLD data and services that can also be consumed to help agencies respond to the storm.

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This post was written by Matt Cronin

Matt Cronin is the product manager for WebEOC. He has eight years of experience in emergency management. Prior to joining Intermedix, Cronin held the position as administration and finance manager at Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management. Cronin earned his bachelor's degree in public management from Florida Atlantic University and holds a master's certification with a concentration in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.

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