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Newly Captured Aerial Maps Support Hurricane Harvey Response & Disaster Management

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The recent damage and distress caused by Hurricane Harvey in South Texas has led local, state and federal agencies to respond immediately in support of citizens requiring emergency medical care, shelter, water, food and supplies. 

Nearmap immediately deployed aircraft replete with camera systems to the affected areas in Corpus Christi, Rockport, Houston and nearby towns devastated by the hurricane.  These aerial maps were captured on August 31st 2017 and will continue to be captured the first week in September. We’ve provided samples of the imagery below but the full collection can be accessed by contacting Nearmap. Move the slider on the images to see the change from Oct. 9, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Nearmap high-resolution PhotoMaps™ showing a marina in Rockport, TX before and after Hurricane Harvey.
Aerial view of Marina in Rockport, TX - Oct. 9, 2017 Aerial view of Marina in Rockport, TX post-Hurricane Harvey - Aug. 31, 2017
Learn More: Hurricane Harvey Aerial Imagery Collection 


Nearmap high-resolution PhotoMaps™ showing roofing damage to residential homes in Rockport, TX before and after Hurricane Harvey.
Aerial photo of residential homes in Rockport, TX prior to Hurricane Harvey - Oct. 2016 Aerial photo showing damage to roofs of residential homes in Rockport, TX after Hurricane Harvey - Aug. 31, 2017


Nearmap high-resolution PhotoMaps™ showing damage to a water treatment plant in Rockport, TX before and after Hurricane Harvey.
Aerial map of water treatment plant in Rockport, TX before Hurricane Harvey - Oct. 9, 2016 Aerial map of water treatment plant in Rockport, TX showing damage from Hurricane Harvey - Aug. 31, 2017

Here’s where we believe these aerial maps can help:

  1. Emergency Response and Rescue – Imagery can be used to analyze road access, dispatch 911 emergency services and navigate first responders to precise locations.
  2. Homeland Security and Police Services – Law enforcement and homeland security can analyze locations that present the most risk associated with unlawful activity and quickly deploy resources.
  3. Flood Management Analysis – Flooding from the hurricane extended beyond expectations in many locations. Using high resolution aerial maps, the environmental and physical impact of Hurricane Harvey can be analyzed.
  4. Emergency Fund Allocation  FEMA and related agencies are quickly working to disburse funds and supplies to people in need. These aerial photographs show the extent of the devastation along with precise geospatial information useful in verifying and assessing damages.
  5. Utility, Telecom and Electric Support  Down power lines present an immediate risk to first responders, fire, rescue and citizens in the area. Damage assessment in the form of truth on the ground is visible using aerial maps allowing utilities and telecom companies to focus on the areas hardest hit.
  6. Insurance Risk and Claims Management  Insurers are moving rapidly to respond to claims that help the victims of this hurricane. Nearmap aerial views can be used to expedite the claims process and get funds to those in need.   

 Learn More: Hurricane Harvey Aerial Imagery Collection

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