Data Driven Hurricane Irma and Maria Recovery

APA New York Upstate Chapter


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
11:30 a.m. - noon EDT

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The impacts of Hurricane Irma and Maria have been devastating to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Flooding and wind damage has affected large portions of the larger islands of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, Culebra, and Vieques. The resulting damaged and destroyed structures present an immediate threat to the health and safety of the public. To support local officials who are overstretched in carrying out their essential community services while also having to deal with the thousands of nonconforming structures, FEMA establishing a Substantial Damage Task Force to serve as a single coordination point between Federal, state and local governments, contracted firms, and non-governmental organizations.  The goals of the Task Force is to assist with the identification, inspection, evaluation, and mitigation of substantially damaged structures. To overcome the sheer number of damaged structure that need to be processed, FEMA’s contractor, STARR II (a joint venture of Atkins, Stantec, and Dewberry) stood up an analytics cell.  An initial focus of the cell was to leverage available data and analytical tools to identify and prioritize areas for SDE inspections.  Data driven structure identification and prioritization of SDE inspections led to significant reductions in the number of inspections and resulted in cost and time savings.  The presentation will discuss the data used and analytics performed along with lessons learned for the next time such an analytics cell is stood up for disaster recovery.


Andrew Martin

Invited Speaker


Vikram Shrivastava

Invited Speaker


Michael DePue

Invited Speaker


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Bill Nechamen,