Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hurricane Dean

Hurricane Dean has reached Category 4 (NOAA Hurricane Center, 21:30 AST). Dominica, Saint Lucia and Montserrat felt its impact as the storm developed. But now Jamaica, Hispaniola and points east and north stand in harms way. Some countries have decided to request assistance in the form of pre-positioned teams - a prudent and commendable action. In terms of GIS, MapAction is readying itself to deploy to the region, to provide situational mapping assistance to the UN and National Emergency Management Agencies. If anyone can offer assistance in terms of available data that can assist a presumed disaster-response, do get in contact.

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