[Talk-us] FEMA seeking ideas for community disaster preparedness

Leroy E Leonard leeoncandler at gmail.com
Wed Nov 17 16:49:32 GMT 2010

Project of the week or month is another good idea.

I have no personal contacts in FEMA and wouldn't know how to find out
what holes they have in their data sets and how OSMers could help fill
them. That's a conversation that might be best hosted online in a
forum such as this.

As I outlined in my previous post, OSM can bring a network of mappers
and local "experts" as well as a very local map of variable richness
to the table. Our people and map could be made more valuable with some
guidance and education about which features would be the most useful
for crisis preparedness.

Any folks from FEMA (or other experience) want to offer some suggestions?

 -- Lee

On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 7:54 PM, Charlotte Wolter <techlady at techlady.com> wrote:
> Lee,
>         Perhaps some of our "projects," which get announced every month,
> could be tailored to issues that FEMA has identified. For example, FEMA
> charts hazard areas for floods, soil liquefection during earthquakes,
> tsunamis, etc. Just try to sell a home in California. You have to provide a
> complete report on those hazards, and it's generated mostly from FEMA data.
> We could incorporate that data into OSM as a project. That could be very
> doable. Then, any community could use it to generate maps for government and
> citizens.
>         What do you think?
> Charlotte Wolter
> At 07:34 AM 11/16/2010, you wrote:
> Over on challenge.gov, FEMA has issued a challenge for ideas for
> "Preparing our Communities Before a Disaster Strikes":
>   http://challenge.gov/challenges/87
> I've started a discussion there (well, me and the crickets) about OSM
> as a tool for building both "a diverse and distributed network of
> people with a strong understanding of the local terrain and
> infrastructure" plus "a hyper-local, very rich online map of a
> community that compliments those created by the professionals at FEMA
> and other agencies.".
> Is this an idea that other folks would be interested in pursuing, or
> am I just a guy who thinks we have a really terrific hammer and is
> looking at everything like it's a nail?
>  -- Lee
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