With the threat of a second major hurricane, Nearmap’s aircraft were at the ready safely outside of the impact zone for two of 2020’s most prevalent disasters. Within hours of Hurricanes Delta and Laura making landfall on the coast of Louisiana, our planes were in the air collecting high-resolution aerial imagery. Why is this important? Because current, high-res aerial imagery aids cleanup and recovery efforts across many industries, including public safety, utilities, and numerous other types of contractors.
However, the imagery isn’t just for those helping aid in the recovery and relief efforts. With devastating damage assessment imminent, insurers will need the ability to quickly assess and validate the destruction to improve claim management amid all the loss suffered by those on the ground.
Nearmap currently has an extensive, continually updated library of high-res pre- and post-catastrophe aerial imagery covering the areas affected by Hurricanes Delta and Laura — and not just for recent events. Nearmap has been capturing imagery in some of the impacted areas since 2016, providing a historical archive for public safety officials and others to easily compare pre- and post-storm environments.