When Hurricane Harvey started as a tropical wave that formed off the African coast in early August, little did we know it would be one of the most disastrous weather events in U.S. history. Harvey made its first U.S. landfall near Rockport Texas with 130 mph winds, qualifying it as a Category 4 hurricane. Harvey was the nation’s first major hurricane since Hurricane Wilma in October of 2005. Hurricane Harvey was less than an inch short of breaking the U.S. record for rain dropped by a hurricane or tropical storm.
A little over two weeks later, a Category 5 storm, Irma, swept over U.S. islands, including Barbuda, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti, ripping off roofs, flooding coastal cities and knocking out power to more than 6.8 million people.03 On September 10, Hurricane Irma downgraded to a Category 4 storm, making landfall over mainland Florida, battering populous cities such as Miami. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are the only Category 4 Atlantic storms to hit the United States in the same year, let alone within two weeks of each other.
The emergency management communities in the areas affected by Harvey and Irma were responsible not only for helping first responders, local hospitals and state and federal agencies manage resources and operational needs, but also for sharing critical, time-sensitive information before, during and after each of these storms. To create this transparency, Intermedix clients used many types of cutting-edge technology to generate a common operating picture and deliver critical information exactly when and where it was needed.
The technology used during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma helped create situational awareness in each of the compromised areas and improved incident management capabilities for key decision makers. Learn how EOCs and emergency response agencies collaborated during these tragic events using Intermedix solutions to share crucial briefings and documents with state and federal response teams to create a common operating picture. Download this whitepaper to:
Days after the disasters, customers continued to use Intermedix solutions and technology to facilitate recovery efforts. They were used to track and manage evacuees, including those from affected Caribbean countries. When requested, Intermedix personnel helped streamline access to data that was essential to recovery efforts. Intermedix remained vigilant in supporting our customers’ efforts in the aftermaths of these hurricanes and will continue to evaluate more innovative and streamlined processes to prepare for the disasters of tomorrow.