Crowd-sourcing Improves Emergency Managers’ Ability to Protect against Storm Surge
Wetlands Watch, an environmental group in Virginia, has just developed an app that crowd-sources flooding data. Sea level rise can make storm surge flooding more severe, and the data collected by the app will help emergency managers in Virginia better understand flood patterns in their region. Coastal regions of Virginia are among the communities in the US most threatened by storm surge, and storm surge is what makes hurricanes and tropical storms deadly. The information provided by the community through this new app will allow Virginia’s emergency managers to better prepare and protect their communities from harm.
Together with the interactive storm surge map recently released by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the app improves the public’s ability to contribute to preparedness efforts and make their communities more resilient.
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