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App tracks storm in real-time to help Florida residents prepare for Hurricane Dorian.
How will the $155 million cut to FEMA disaster-relief funds hurt? What is behind the cuts?

Timely, detailed information is valuable. Use technology to provide it and also mobilize people to hold politicians accountable for their actions.

A volunteer team did just this. They used free apps to quickly create an info hub for Florida residents bracing for Hurricane Dorian.

Please share this free resource

Solution design
Track Dorian was designed with three tech and data resources:

1. ArcGIS Living Atlas which offers real time insights into the hurricane's location, speed and direction. The app is interactive and lets users enter their address to see how they might be affected. A sample query with Mar-e-Lago shows how to use the app to track Hurricane Dorian's path.

This free map uses data from Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community | Esri, FAO and NOAA | NHC.

2. esri StoryMaps to provide directions on how to use the mapping app, provide resource info, and explain the consequences of the $155m budget cuts to FEMA. StoryMaps can be easily shared and updated at with new information at any time.

3. Headlines from Newsweek, PBS and the South Florida Sun Sentinel are cited for context. The StoryMap  also includes a Guardian video of prior disaster relief efforts.

Take away
Ever-changing headlines distract people from what really matters. Use free apps to help people, and remind them to demand more from politicians. Learn more here.

Please share this free, timely resource and let us know of other hurricane relief groups and resources that should be added to the StoryMap. Thank you.

Co-Founder, DemLabs

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