Hurricane exercise demonstrates advances in disaster response technology

  • Wildfire - SE of Cooma, New South Wales - Australia

    28 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - Galvarino Commune, Chile

    47 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.3 - 105km WNW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.7 - 9km NNE of Doganyol, Turkey

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Flood - Shelton, WA Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Faranah - Guinea

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Yakossi, Mbomou - Central African Republic

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Yei, Central Equatoria - South Sudan

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NW of Lokoja, Kogi - Nigeria

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Columbia, SC Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Osceola, AR Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Jesup, GA Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 6.1 - 57km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Flood - Ligonier, IN Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Charleston, MO Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Lake Charles, LA Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Beardstown, IL Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Carlyle, IL Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 61km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    10 hours ago WATCH

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 65 miles SE of Amchitka, Alaska - 5.5

    10 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Diane

    12 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Esami

    13 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 15km E of Kirkagac, Turkey

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 33km W of Villazon, Bolivia

    14 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Southwest Indian Ridge

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Kuchinoerabujima, Japan

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Twelve

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - East of the North Island of New Zealand

    23 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 48km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    23 hours ago WATCH

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 60 miles SE of Amchitka, Alaska - 5.0

    23 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Novel Coronavirus – China

    1 week ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    1 month ago ADVISORY

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    2 weeks ago INFORMATION

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Avalanche - Montana, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Huanuco, Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Arequipa, Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Eastern Bolivia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Madagascar

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanches - Northern India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Southern Switzerland

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Spain

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Portugal

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southwestern France

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Yukon, Canada

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Colorado, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Nunavut, Canada

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Thailand

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Kerinci, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Avalanche - Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Brazil

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Tanzania, Zambia, DR Congo

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Zimbabwe and Mozambique

    4 days ago WATCH

  • Floods - Northwestern Angola

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Central Asia

    4 days ago WATCH

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.4 - 8km S of Indios, Puerto Rico

    2 weeks ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Guatemala

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 weeks ago INFORMATION

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June 17, 2014

As part of a Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) project, called Rapid Open Geospatial User-driven Enterprise (ROGUE), the second operational demonstration (OD2) was recently conducted in Tegucigalpa and Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras to reveal and evaluate a newly developed disaster response technology. The key outcome of this effort is a mapping technology known as GeoSHAPE, which has been designed to transform the way government and nongovernmental organizations collaborate on collecting, curating and sharing geospatial data during disaster response and humanitarian relief efforts. The open source GeoSHAPE tools facilitate mobile and “disconnected” data collection and editing, allowing multiple organizations to contribute to building and maintaining GIS information which improves overall situational awareness.

Between June 9 and 12, the United States and Honduras collaborated to demonstrate and evaluate GeoSHAPE during a hurricane response simulation for Central America. Organized by the Science, Technology and Experimentation Division at the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the exercise tested processes and procedures for a large-scale, multi-organizational response. Participating in the scenario event were role players from the Permanent Contingency Comission of Honduras (Comisión Permanente de Contingencias, COPECO), the local Red Cross, World Vision–Honduras, and U.S. Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B). Other organizations included U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, the US Department of State Humanitarian Information Unit, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), and LMN Solutions.

PDC is serving as the Transition Manager (XM) for the ROGUE JCTD. Upon successful evaluation, GeoSHAPE will be incorporated into PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform, known for providing continuous up-to-the minute hazard information globally and functioning as a hub for accessing, updating, and sharing relevant data before, during and after a disaster. Juan Hurtado, Science Advisor to USSOUTHCOM, Juan Hurtado commented on the event saying, “We are very fortunate to have PDC as a transition manager. By integrating GeoSHAPE into DisasterAWARE, which has been used operationally for over 15 years, disaster managers will have comprehensive and rapid access to critical information that can help avoid redundant relief efforts, support informed decision making, and reduce congestion at response hubs.”

Participants considered the ROGUE OD2 and GeoSHAPE demonstration a significant milestone in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) capabilities. As the project moves forward, other potential applications will be explored for the newly developed capabilities.

Learn more about the FEW Project with these resources:
• Look at SOUTHCOM’s press release,
• Watch a video on GeoSHAPE software testing, or other demonstrations from the exercise on UAV, COMCUBE, or UAS,
• Read about the first ROGUE Operational Demonstration last year,
• View the ROGUE-JCTD white paper (Februay 2013), or
• View more information on SOUTHCOM’s ROGUE project.

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