Aircraft carrying sophisticated image sensors are flying over the Carolinas this week to gather high quality photographs of areas impacted by Hurricane Florence.
Image of damage on Emerald Isle NC. This was one of the first areas that GIC flew over earlier this week.
Within 24 hours of capture, the images will be published online to provide State Emergency Operation Centers with high-resolution representations of disaster areas. The images will be 10 to 15 times better than satellite imagery.
The images are captured by the Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC), a first-of-its-kind consortium formed by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), former founders of Microsoft Bing Maps (now Vexcel Imaging), and several insurers.
GIC’s response efforts proved critical in 2017, when it provided unprecedented access to post-disaster aerials over Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – covering larger areas than any other response to date.