Wednesday, November 30, 2011

USGS HAZUS-MH Data Extractor

USGS has developed the HAZUS-MH Data Extractor tool to extract data from HAZUS-MH generated data sources, which include SQL Server databases and associated ESRI-based geo-databases. HAZUS-MH is an application developed by FEMA for estimating damages and losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. The HAZUS-MH Data Extractor tool only supports the extraction of earthquake and flood data. Data can be extracted by category, including general building stock inventory, general building stock damages and economic losses, social impact (i.e., casualties and shelter requirements), and induced damages (i.e., debris and fire). Additionally, a filter can be applied to select data based on specified selection criteria. Extracted data are available in both spatial and non-spatial forms and exported to an ESRI geo-database. MORE INFO

Note, this entry was originally posted on 9/24/2010. recently received a comment that the enclosed link was broken. The "MORE INFO" link was updated 11/30/2011



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wireless Priority Service (WPS) failed during East Coast earthquake

The Wireless Priority Service (WPS) that is intended to provide priority to emergency government and public safety cell calls failed during East Coast earthquake. WPS compliments GETS the priority system for land lines.

Kind of sounds like the failure might have been in part due to "All of the texting and short messaging occurred on the signal channel," MORE INFO


Monday, November 14, 2011

GIS Day 2011

Nov 16, 2011 is GIS Day ...


GIS Day Flyer (.pdf) ...