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Disaster Recovery Australia

High-resolution maps aid disaster recovery

With 2,500 members and six teams, Disaster Relief Australia relies on Nearmap to help communities bounce back after a disaster.

“Nearmap provides us the solution we need to maximise our resources and provide the greatest benefit to our communities.”

Richard AdamsNational Director, Disaster Relief Australia
When the fire is out and the floodwaters recede, the flurry of activity associated with emergency response subsides. It’s also when communities affected by disaster need the next wave of help. Meet Disaster Relief Australia.

The Challenge at a glance

Navigating Post-Disaster Recovery

The National Director of Disaster Relief Australia (DRA), Richard Adams, says that the organisation operates in the recovery phase, as opposed to the response phase. DRA identified a gap between the emergency response stage and the assistance communities required post-disaster as the organisation, along with its volunteers, are working to fill this gap.

The Solution at a glance

Big Picture Perspective

In the past, DRA had relied on drones to get the imagery it needed, but realised the limitations of drone imagery when providing relief after the Kangaroo Island bushfires in early 2020.
DRA was introduced to Nearmap and quickly realised the benefits:
  • Ability to survey the entirety of Kangaroo Island
  • Effective, efficient use of volunteers
  • Ability to plan and deploy teams where required with confidence
  • Capture dispersed areas
  • Fast insights for property assessment

Business Impact

Maximising Resources

According to Adams, Nearmap imagery has given DRA a much better idea of what’s required for its disaster relief efforts, especially in large areas. This means being able to focus their drone teams on smaller, more appropriate tasks, while also reducing the inefficiency of putting people in cars to drive to each property to undertake initial impact assessments.
“The more people who can have access to a tool that provides them with that situational awareness, the better,” Adams says.

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