COVID-19 has truly impacted every part of our lives since early March, and it will no doubt be a game-changer to how we plan, prepare for and respond to emergency risks in the future. For those in the Emergency Management community, we are gearing up for the upcoming flood and wildfire seasons in areas spanning the country. This year, we will need to adjust the approach to also fight COVID on the same front.
Here are some timely articles that explore how the COVID situation will impact and shape how we handle our imminent and future emergency situations.
This article from Fast Company highlights how Esri’s interactive dashboards are helping communities with insights that are driving their local impact planning.
In this article, the author draws on his experience through the Hurricane Katrina recovery and asserts that government leaders must prioritize their data capacity now to ensure an effective recovery plan from COVID-19.
As the Province of Alberta continues to deal with the local COVID-19 crisis, they must also prepare for the increased wildfire risk warmer temperatures will bring. Local officials are exploring different options for evacuation and staffing needs, as resources are already stretched thin.
Communities in Canada’s flood regions are concerned there will be a shortage of manpower to help with the flood season due to COVID restrictions.
Similarly, this article looks at how we plan and respond to a natural disaster will be impacted by COVID-19. Organizations like the Canadian Red Cross are combining their regular assessment and mapping tools with COVID information to find new ways to approach emergency planning.
In this article, Florida Department of Health created a COVID-19 dashboard to track cases and drive their response effort. This is a great example of how the collaboration fostered in past disaster events has improved the state’s pandemic response.
The COVID-19 pandemic has truly added a layer of complexity while we continue to plan and respond to emergency situations. Esri Canada is here to support your emergency planning in any way we can. Please get in touch with us.
Explore COVID-19 resources at esri.ca/COVID19Canada. To strengthen business continuity, Esri is providing Coronavirus Business Continuity Solution at no cost. Contact your Esri Canada account manager if you have an ArcGIS account. For new users, please request assistance through the Esri Disaster Response Program.