New app to help OEM’s simulate earthquake damage - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

New app to help OEM’s simulate earthquake damage

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It's been a few years since we've had a large earthquake in Region 8, but the recent earthquakes in Virginia and across the country have local emergency management officials looking at new ways to handle natural disasters.

Developments in technology, such as a new iPad app named "SUMMIT", will let OEM Coordinators view damage up-close, and in real-time.

Craighead County's Director of Emergency Management David Moore believes the new app to be very beneficial.

"It gives you a ground-truth that's just unbelievable. I can take a map and have a satellite photo of the damage, and of an area and zoom in on it and say 'This house right here no longer exists.' Well, they're looking at marks on a screen. With SUMMIT, if they send that data back to me and if I am able to overlay that on it, they can say 'Well this house is not just damaged; this house is demolished.' They can get an overall picture of the entire thing."

The iPad app will be the emergency operations center's eyes on the ground and can also be used for future disaster training.

Users can point-and-click to capture and send damage pictures back to the headquarters to determine where to send search-and-rescue teams.

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Family wants answers after son's ashes were stolen

    Family wants answers after son's ashes were stolen

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:49 AM EST2018-02-22 05:49:28 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:09 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Peevey family experienced the second loss of their beloved family member and late Jonesboro police officer as someone destroyed his niche and stole his ashes out of the Grace Memorial Garden. Now they are demanding the ashes be returned.

    The Peevey family experienced the second loss of their beloved family member and late Jonesboro police officer as someone destroyed his niche and stole his ashes out of the Grace Memorial Garden. Now they are demanding the ashes be returned.

  • City holds second discussion on bike/pedestrian trail

    City holds second discussion on bike/pedestrian trail

    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:52 PM EST2018-02-23 03:52:01 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:26 PM EST2018-02-23 04:26:07 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    The city of Jonesboro held its second public meeting about the proposed bike and pedestrian trail Thursday night.

    The city of Jonesboro held its second public meeting about the proposed bike and pedestrian trail Thursday night.

  • Two Jonesboro schools win first place in video contest

    Two Jonesboro schools win first place in video contest

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:10 PM EST2018-02-23 04:10:13 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:23 PM EST2018-02-23 04:23:26 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Education visited Jonesboro Kindergarten Center and Jonesboro High School to watch the winning videos and give the students their first place plaques.

    Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Education visited Jonesboro Kindergarten Center and Jonesboro High School to watch the winning videos and give the students their first place plaques.

Powered by Frankly