Wednesday, February 10, 2016
How @WaffleHouse compares to the Automatic Packet Reporting System #ARRL #hamradio @CraigatFEMA @FEMA
If you have heard, there's a "Waffle House Index" at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Craig, KK4INZ said this about the Index, “If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That’s really bad. That’s where you go to work.”
However, outside the "Big City" there are not so many Waffle Houses. There are other "disaster resilient companies" to track.
What about those places where there are no Lowes and Home Depots or they are located outside the disaster zone?
Welcome to the concept of using the Automatic Packet Reporting System to see "how bad is bad" before, during, and after a disaster.
On a "normal day" with no power outage, tornado, hurricane, ice storm, etc., open a map. Zoom out and one will see all manner of people and places.
Add a disaster and the resources begin to fail. One by one the pretty icons evaporate from the map.
Folks at the Voice Over Internet Protocol Weather Net have been using APRS, among other tools, to get data for the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
For example, before a land-falling hurricane strikes the island of Bermuda, VOIPWX team members look at APRS to see what is in play. A few hours after the event, another look would paint a very different story, if the disaster really takes a toll. Similarly, internet-dependent communications such as Echolink, D-Star, and the Internet Radio Linking Project could provide planners with the "ground truth" they need to see "how big bad is".
Do you use these tools in your disaster response, recovery, mitigation, and planning programs?
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 6:13 PM
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