DHS Offers Tools for Hurricane Resilience, Communications
Monday, October 01, 2018 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) co-hosted an outreach event with the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus to highlight how new technology can support hurricane resilience and save lives.

The event brought together members of Congress, DHS components, public-safety stakeholders and S&T experts to showcase solutions already having an impact, as well as ongoing efforts that will build on this success. Before a hurricane makes landfall, officials can use several tools to simulate and visualize the potential impacts of storm surge and flooding on local communities. This insight can inform evacuation and resource-staging decisions. S&T is also developing an internet outage detection resource that visualizes internet outages to guide response efforts.

To make communication easier and more effective during response, public safety can use several resources that allow teams to share real-time location information, track assets and securely send large data packages when cellular networks are overwhelmed or knocked out. S&T also developed a digital volunteer guide and the ability to analyze open source and social media data streams to provide surge support when response agencies resources are stretched thin.

Finally, S&T is developing new ways to equip communities with resources and knowledge to improve flood protection. The analytical tools and evaluation methods allow officials to better mitigate hurricane damage to important waterways and critical infrastructure systems. These resources will also provide more accurate information about floods to inform alerts and warnings.

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