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Using NASA research results, including Landsat data and technology developed at Stennis Space Center, NASA civil servants will work with personnel from Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Applied Geo Technologies, and the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory to identify and quantify risks associated with hurricane evacuation routes within 100 km of Stennis. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) has identified six priority issues, one of which is Coastal Community Resilience and Hazard Mitigation. This project addresses this GOMA priority issue and the NASA Applied Science application area of Disaster Management. Access to post-hurricane areas may be severely hampered as evidenced by Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. Water, trees, and debris on roadways can prevent post-storm ingress and egress for emergency response, utility repair, and search and rescue teams - diminishing a coastal community’s resilience to hurricanes. This project will improve a community’s resiliency to hurricanes by analyzing weak links in evacuation routes. Identifying points along the routes that are at risk of flooding, being cluttered with debris, or tree fall enables community planners to focus pre-storm resources and action. They may develop contingency plans, store supplies in areas that cannot be evacuated, or even modify the routes to reduce their risk. Three classes of users are identified for this product: 1) utility repair crews and emergency response personnel, e.g., police and fire departments, that require immediate post-storm access to damaged areas, 2) personnel that could not evacuate, e.g., ride out crews at NASA facilities, and 3) road repair and maintenance agencies, e.g., Departments of Transportation. Results from this project will be readily available to a wide range of users. NASA Emergency Operations Centers will have full access to the product functions and the Coastal Online Assessment and Synthesis Tool will archive results.

Project PI: Troy Frisbie/NASA

Applied Sciences Stennis Space Center MS 39529 USA

Phone: (228) 688-1989



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