OCT 2021 | NEW ORLEANS, LA U.S.
Road to Recovery
Restoring an area that’s been impacted by a disaster culminates with citizens returning to their pre-event lives. Reaching the end of this path necessitates certain communal milestones, including the assessment of damages and indemnification of properties, restoration of services, and connecting residents with available assistance programs.
Community restoration happens in two phases: short- and long-term. Short-term efforts are focused on getting the community up and running to minimal operating standards as soon as possible. Meanwhile, long-term strategies are designed to restore areas that have been impacted by natural disasters back to their pre-event conditions.
If the situation warrants, local governments may have to appeal to the state for assistance. Local officials will submit a request to the governor providing specific information about the event, its effects, and the type of assistance needed to get the community operational. Being able to accompany this request with high-resolution aerial imagery that clearly depicts the aftermath of an event can increase the approval odds.
Seeing how the community has been affected by a disaster is key to properly delegating resources. However, analyzing every nook and cranny of a catastrophic scene may be impossible due to safety issues or lack of resources. Using high-resolution post-event captures, local governments can accurately inspect their communities, readily assess the most impacted neighborhoods, and efficiently triage resources to areas in need of immediate assistance.