The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (https://www.napsgfoundation.org/) has requested GISCorps volunteer support to geolocate crowdsourced photos for situational awareness to support the response to Hurricanes Marco and Laura which will be impacting the Gulf Coast through the week.
Volunteers on this mission will geolocate photos sourced from Twitter, Facebook, news stories, etc. by examining images and text for location clues. Using Google satellite images and Street View imagery, the volunteers will pinpoint locations as precisely as possible. Once the location is identified, volunteers will upload the photo using a Survey123 form. Each uploaded photo will be vetted by our admin team and displayed on apps that provide essential situational awareness to federal, state, and local emergency managers and first responders.
For hurricanes, we are generally looking for photos related to preparedness, shortages, evacuations, damage, flooding, and ultimately recovery operations. Please do not post any pictures that contain identifiable images of people's faces or text containing people's names. More instructions and FAQs can be found in the Volunteer Portal.
All of the instructions and information you need is contained in our new Experience Builder application and should be fairly self-explanatory. Everyone who joins the project via the Google form below will receive daily email updates and will be added to our dedicated Slack channel for questions and answers. (We will add you to our Slack workspace as soon as we can. It may take a few hours depending on the time of day.) Slack is the best place to ask questions to get a quick response.
If you'd like to contribute to this project, please fill out this very brief Google form: https://forms.gle/C8yhUF8GVvT7TeoC7
Everything else you need is embedded on this Volunteer Portal: https://arcg.is/KDjPO.
Please read the Important Information on the first page and the FAQ page. If there are photos in the Photo Queue, please work on mapping those before you start searching for photos on your own.
Past Project summaries can be seen here: https://www.giscorps.org/napsg-crowdsource-photos/
A comprehensive look at all the data and apps can be found on the Hub page: https://2020-crowdsourced-disaster-photos-napsg.hub.arcgis.com/
At the conclusion of the mission, we'll ask you to fill out one more Google form to report your hours and provide feedback. We'll then send you a GISCorps certificate of appreciation and a letter documenting your contribution for GISP credit.
We look forward to working with you and thank you in advance for your efforts in this important mission. This mission will likely run for approximately 5 days depending on how the storms develop.
The GISCorps Core Committee