The European Copernicus Emergency Management Service Rapid Mapping has been triggered by several national civil protection agencies in order to provide pre- and post-disaster geoinformation for supporting first response actions.
Due to the heavy impact and destructive forces of Hurricane Irma in the West Indies, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) Rapid Mapping was activated by the French Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile de la Gestion des Crises on 5 September and by the Director General ECHO of the European Commission on 6 September, in order to provide rapid response and support for the disaster management activities being provided in the affected regions.
GAF AG, as service provider for EMS Rapid Mapping, together with other consortium partners, is continuously producing updated geo-information in 24/7 operational mode in order to provide dedicated pre- and post-disaster situational awareness and first damage assessment information within hours for first response and relief teams, both on-site and at the coordinating level.
First damage assessment maps can be downloaded on http://emergency.copernicus.eu
Map below: [EMSR234] Philipsburg, Sint Maarten (Neth.): Grading MapTags: hurricane, rush, EMS Rapid Mapping