NGA aids in Hurricane Idalia search and rescue

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is positioned in Orlando, Florida to provide geospatial intelligence support for Hurricane Idalia search and rescue efforts as part of a Federal Emergency Management Administration effort, NGA announced August 30.

At FEMA’s request, NGA deployed a team of geospatial analysts and a technical expert with a self-contained Mobile GEOINT Support Trailer prior to Hurricane Idalia’s landfall in Florida and established reach-back support from Springfield, Virginia and St. Louis, Missouri.

NGA is on stand-by to deploy upon request into the hardest hit areas of the storm for additional support. NGA and FEMA will jointly develop geospatial products to identify search areas that FEMA and local responders can use to drive rescue operations.

NGA is closely monitoring the situation and will deploy additional personnel and equipment if requested by FEMA.

NGA has a decades-long history of providing geospatial intelligence support to HADR efforts, including support to federal search and rescue efforts for natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes.

Source: NGA

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