Disaster Response After Tornado Outbreak

May 2011

Immediately following a series of devastating tornado incidents across the Southeast and Midwestern United States, the True North team quickly provided damage assessment applications for county governments in two states. The Bradley and Hamilton County, Tennessee, applications as well as the Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, site assisted local governments in overall damage assessment by enabling residents to submit information.

By reporting not only the location of the damage but also the severity (on the four levels of Affected, Minor Damage, Major Damage, and Destroyed), county residents take an active role in disaster assessment and help to ensure an accurate, targeted, efficient response.

Citizens can locate their address and submit a damage location which is then submitted to county officials for verification.  The site shows both county and public reported locations.

The True North team quickly prepared a damage assessment website showing field-verified damage locations along with NOAA storm events. In a press release dated 15 June from the Office of the EMA Director, volunteer resources and some supplies are still needed, especially construction material. If you would like to help, you can go to the Bradley County website or visit the Cleveland-Bradley Community Action Network website.

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