Severe Weather Response using the Operations Dashboard and ArcGIS Online
During the Hurricane season of 2017, the Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which covers Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, had the Texas Gulf Coast portion of the Southwest Region suffer the full impact of Hurricane Harvey. After the hurricane made landfall near Aransas National Wildlife Refuge at Port Aransas, Texas, the Regional GIS Office based in Phoenix, AZ worked with the incident response team in Texas to provide safety checks & rapid damage assessment using ArcGIS Online, Collector, and the Operations Dashboard. Staff on the ground in Texas used Collector to capture facility damage assessment, while the Phoenix based GIS team used ArcGIS online to provide support to the incident command team. The Operations Dashboard provided up to the minute communications to the leadership team in Albuquerque, NM and to the incident command team in Texas. Use of these tools supported employee safety and streamlined damage assessment workflows. This presentation provides an overview of getting started, the virtual GIS command center, after action lessons, and archiving the data for the long-term.