Red Cross Deploys GRT Technology for Colorado Fire Support (7/23/12)
The American Red Cross (ARC) deployed Global Relief Technologies (GRT) rapid data management system (RDMS) technology to assist the ARC field workers engaged in support and relief efforts because of the devastation caused by the Colorado wildfires.
The fire broke out June 23 and so far has cost roughly more than $9 million to battle. Wildfires have destroyed more than 100,000 acres across Colorado, forcing many evacuations. One analysis states Colorado's most destructive wildfire burned homes worth a total of more than $110 million in one of the neighborhoods affected by the blaze.
Each ARC damage assessment collected via RDMS is saved with geolocation information providing mapping of data that provides visibility into geographic areas affected by a disaster and severity of the damage to structures. Map overlays, including satellite imagery from GRT's partner GeoEye, can enhance the situational awareness of damage displaying rights of way, access points, weather and more.
The system allows field personnel to quickly and accurately collect, transfer, manage, share and analyze data. The system has the option of using Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) satellite communications when wireless or other modes of connection are not available.
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