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MCEER Response:
Hurricane Gustav Reconnaissance: Damage Survey using the VIEWS™ System

By Walter Svekla and Enrica Verrucci, ImageCat, Inc.

This reconnaissance trip, undertaken following Hurricane Gustav, was funded by the National Science Foundation and MCEER. It provided the team with a unique opportunity to collect and compare aerial and ground remote sensing data following Hurricane Gustav with similar data collected after Hurricane Katrina. Members of the Remote Sensing Institute participated in an extensive NSF/MCEER-sponsored reconnaissance effort following Hurricane Katrina (see Womble et al., 2006). A companion MCEER Response report, Hurricane Gustav Reconnaissance: Lessons Learned by New Orleans Hospitals from Katrina to Gustav, examines the emergency preparedness and response of the acute care hospital system in New Orleans, including organization differences between Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav.

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Aerial view of damaged neighborhood

Figure 6. New Orleans 9th Ward - Minor wind-induced damage.

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