Geospatial Team Helps Assess Tennessee Tornadoes' Impact
The Civil Air Patrol Geospatial Team’s damage assessment team identified more than 2,400 damaged structures after a series of tornadoes ripped across the midwestern and southern U.S. on Dec. 9, wreaking the greatest destruction in Clarksville and Hendersonville in northern Tennessee, near the Kentucky border.
The CAP team provided federal and state officials with timely, accurate information that resulted in a federal disaster declaration for the stricken counties.
With approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the CAP team worked to deliver information to key decision-makers by using open-source imagery, in addition to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration /National Weather Service ground teams, and satellite imagery acquired through the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Global-Enhanced Geospatial Delivery tool.
“For the first time in recent memory, we had no official airborne imagery to use,” said Maj. Scott Kaplan, CAP Geospatial Program director. “Each tornado, fire, and hurricane this year has been different in how we've had to work.”
The range of responses “shows the flexibility and skills of the all-volunteer CAP team members, and I continue to be extremely proud of the teamwork shown among all of the teams, companies, and government agencies that worked together this year,” Kaplan said.