GCN: Cloud-based property assessments speed hurricane recovery
GCN – October 25, 2022
By Stephanie Kanowitz
Disaster-affected communities can use a cloud-based property assessment tool to jump-start recovery.
Accela most recently made its Rapid Damage Assessment Cloud Service available to cities and counties in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian, one of the most destructive storms to hit the state. RDA helps in several ways, said Amber D’Ottavio, vice president of product management at Accela.
First, it assists with windshield surveys, a visual inspection of properties made from a vehicle. For example, if an entire block was under 6 feet of water, there is an assumed level of damage, D’Ottavio said. “That’s really important because that information then is reported to [the Federal Emergency Management Agency], and then that’s how the city can get the funds and resources for recovery as quickly as possible,” she said.
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