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Webinar - Bay County GIS Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael

20 Jun 2019 9:55 AM | Sam Palmer (Administrator)

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TitleBay County GIS Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael

Time: Wed, August 21 2019  12:30-1:30 PM EST

Presenter: Scott Warner, GISP, FPEM - Public Safety GIS/9-1-1 Specialist Bay County Situation Unit Leader for Hurricane Michael

Description: On October 10, 2018 Bay County, Florida suffered a catastrophic hit from Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 major hurricane with sustained winds of (140kts) 160mph. Michael was the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. as a Category 5 since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The Bay County Emergency Operations Center ramped up operations pre-landfall and continued operating at a full activation level for nearly 2.5 months.  Their GIS Section played a key role in data collection, mapping and analysis during the entire operation throughout and still continues today into recovery.  With on-site support from partners including Esri Disaster Response Program, various State Incident Management Teams, and private sector agencies, the GIS support and needs grew.  Local communication and network outages in the area after landfall made the GIS data sharing extremely challenging, and many lessons were learned.  This webinar will cover some of those challenges and lessons learned.


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