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New York City Adds "Code Corps" to Harness Volunteers for Disaster Response

March 18, 2013 - in Emergency, Projects

Code Corps is the nation’s first municipal program that engages vetted volunteer technologists to realize lifesaving City government initiatives with an emphasis on emergency and disaster recovery needs. Code Corps partners include nonprofit and private…

Google's Street View Car Starts Mapping Sandy Damage

January 6, 2013 - in Emergency

Google's Street View car was spotted Thursday snapping pictures of Staten Island homes devastated by Hurricane Sandy for updated imagery on Google…

U.S. Infrastructure Wasn't Built for Extreme Weather

November 26, 2012 - in Emergency, Transportation

The nation’s lifelines — its roads, airports, railways, and transit systems — are getting hammered by extreme weather beyond what their builders…

How Army Engineers Are 'Unwatering' NYCs Tunnels

November 1, 2012 - in Emergency

The scale is staggering: Superstorm Sandy flooded New York City’s network of underground and vehicular tunnels with up to 400 million gallons of water. On Thursday, the U.S. military began to bring some of its heavy equipment into place – from generators…

MIT's Automatic Building Mapping Prototype Could Help Emergency Responders

September 25, 2012 - in Emergency, Facility Management

MIT researchers have built a wearable sensor system that automatically creates a digital map of the environment through which the wearer is moving. The prototype system, described in a paper slated for the Intelligent Robots and Systems conference in Portugal…

New Interactive Flood Map for Atlanta's Sweetwater Creek Combine Sensors with Outreach

August 22, 2012 - in Emergency, Projects

A powerful new flood preparedness tool that will help emergency managers protect lives and property in the flood-prone Sweetwater Creek area was unveiled in a ceremony today on the banks of the creek at Austell's Legion Regional Park. Developed by scientists…