8A - TORNADO, JET CRASH, WIND STORM - A BUSY YEAR IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE GIS

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Tyler Grosshuesch, Adams County
A tornado in April, a fighter jet crash in July and a severe wind storm in September made 2011 a busy year for Adams
County emergency response GIS. Hear about our response to these events, and how participation in a Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources incident management team (IMT) facilitated preparedness.

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  • Local resources affected – Preston shop, Preston Town Chair’s residence, SP Town Chair’s residence
  • Rural resources – tractors, chainsaws, trucks
  • http://www.wxow.com/Global/story.asp?S=14859763
  • http://www.militarytimes.com/static/projects/pages/wisconsin-crash-report.pdf
  • 8A - TORNADO, JET CRASH, WIND STORM - A BUSY YEAR IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE GIS

    1. 1. Tornado, Jet Crash, Wind Storm A busy year in Adams County emergency response GIS Tyler Grosshuesch Adams County GIS WLIA Annual Meeting – February 2012
    2. 2. This is not in Adams County Photo: Heather Bleick, courtesy of AVO/USGS. Mount Redoubt, Cook Inlet, AK March 26, 2009 
    3. 3. Map by Janet Schaefer, courtesy of AVO/ADGGS.
    4. 4. Volcano Threatens Oil Terminal - AK Oil & Gas Cartography Unit Preparedness = 0 <ul><li>VERY limited data </li></ul><ul><li>No training or preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, poor response and lousy maps </li></ul><ul><li>Oil & Gas was far down the list of responding agencies, many others were better prepared </li></ul>Map: SkyTruth, Imagery: NASA
    5. 5. Adams County GIS <ul><li>Started work in August, 2009 – a few months after the volcano </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency response is part of the job </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparedness expected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No training provided </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wanted to learn </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Opportunity with DNR Fire IMT </li></ul>
    6. 6. DNR Fire Incident Management Team <ul><li>Volunteer opportunity to provide GIS support </li></ul><ul><li>Adams County receives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An opportunity to think about preparedness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An opportunity to work with other GIS professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DNR receives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A trained volunteer they can call on in an emergency </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. DNR Fire Incident Management Team (cont’d) <ul><li>Situation Unit led by John Hintz (DNR) </li></ul><ul><li>Other GIS volunteers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Justin Conner (Wood County) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul Schneider (City of Marshfield) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jim Lutes (US Fish and Wildlife) </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. DNR Fire Incident Management Team (cont’d) <ul><li>Meet annually to review our roles, hardware, software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardized maps and data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documented and tested hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Portable network storage, wireless </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Printer – 11x17 color, job storage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review procedures and priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Also have less frequent event simulations </li></ul>
    9. 9. Things I’ve learned from IMT participation <ul><li>Have laptop ready with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spatial data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tax roll – as important as spatial data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Simplify access to styled data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My way: layer file library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DNR way: pre-made maps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Periodically think things through </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What will be requested? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What will I need? </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Good thing I learned something... <ul><li>Tornado – April 10 th , 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Fighter jet crash – June 7 th , 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Wind storm – September 2 nd , 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>No deaths or severe injuries </li></ul>
    11. 11. Tornados in Adams County et al.
    12. 12. Initial Response – night of the tornado <ul><li>Clearing roads </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical safety </li></ul><ul><li>Determining location and extent of damage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal confusion, communication problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Might have been facilitated by GIS support </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Activated DNR IMT <ul><li>Adams County requested support from the DNR, DNR activated the IMT </li></ul><ul><li>IMT convened at the Incident Command Post the morning after the tornado </li></ul><ul><li>My first time in an active IMT was for an Adams County incident </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In a way, this is good – my participation had been questioned </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Morning After the Tornado <ul><li>Picked up my laptop (data was ready to go) </li></ul><ul><li>Started mapping the tornado path and areas of worst damage based on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Description from Sheriff’s Captain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening to the morning briefing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Verified the map after the briefing </li></ul><ul><li>Printed some wall maps at the office </li></ul><ul><li>After this, began to participate in DNR IMT </li></ul>
    15. 15. DNR Support <ul><li>Well trained, experienced people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New County EM Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New County Sheriff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New County GIS Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IMT equipment trailer – lots of goodies </li></ul><ul><li>Recon flight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More accurate mapping of the extent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observed unreported damage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photos taken from the air </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Cottonville Tornado Photo: Curtis Ambulance
    17. 17. Town of Preston shop Photo: Curtis Ambulance
    18. 18. Chair, Town of Strongs Prairie Photo: John Hintz, DNR
    19. 19. Hectic, then calm <ul><li>Morning, afternoon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting set up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Figuring out what was going on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting immediate needs for information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evening, subsequent two days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Updates and refinements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Restricted access map and list </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Law enforcement assignments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At ICP to fulfill other requests (hanging out) </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. At the EOC
    21. 21. Productive Outcomes <ul><li>County & DNR GIS response well regarded </li></ul><ul><li>DNR support especially appreciated </li></ul><ul><li>Good real-world experience for new county staff </li></ul><ul><li>Working with EM, LE facilitated later work </li></ul><ul><li>Time to work with DNR staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting to know each other, equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrote backup script discussed at planning mtg. </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Friends and Neighbors Helping Photo: Curtis Ambulance
    23. 23. Photos: Curtis Ambulance
    24. 24. Karma, Schadenfreude Photo: John Hintz, DNR
    25. 25. F-16 Crash Photo: F-16.net, Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems
    26. 26. An F-16 crashed? Really? <ul><li>Early grapevine reports of a plane crash </li></ul><ul><li>Assumed it was a crop duster </li></ul><ul><li>Heard from news reports that it was an F-16 </li></ul><ul><li>Training run from Truax field (Madison) </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical failure </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot ejected safely </li></ul><ul><li>Jet crashed into an unoccupied house </li></ul>
    27. 27. Before County WROC imagery – March 2012
    28. 28. After DigitalGlobe / Bing imagery - August 2011
    29. 29. On-The-Ground Response <ul><li>New Chester Fire Department first on the scene (volunteer, rural) </li></ul><ul><li>Military arrived about 2 hours later </li></ul><ul><li>New Chester Fire Captain remained Incident Commander </li></ul><ul><li>New Chester Fire Department widely praised </li></ul><ul><li>Little known about the military activity </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns continue regarding chemical release and groundwater contamination </li></ul>
    30. 30. GIS Response <ul><li>Nothing requested during work hours </li></ul><ul><li>After work, stay home with the kids </li></ul><ul><li>Prep and print, meet EM Director </li></ul><ul><li>No maps – needed a list of land owners in the restricted area </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfilling data requests from WI Dept. Military Affairs (Emergency Mgt., National Guard) </li></ul>
    31. 31. www.wxow.com LaCrosse News 19
    32. 32. Aircraft Accident Investigation Board Report Lt. Col. David B. Faulk Crater: 9ft. deep, 30 ft. diameter There used to be a house here.
    33. 33. Wind Storm
    34. 34. Wind Storm <ul><li>Friday before Labor Day </li></ul><ul><li>Widespread damage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trees down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electric lines down – many without power </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GIS requests were simple </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Map the affected area based on hand drawn map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Updated the map 3 times within 2 hours as more reports came in </li></ul></ul>
    35. 35. Getting Ready for Next Time <ul><li>Continuing with DNR IMT </li></ul><ul><li>New laptop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency response requirements justify purchase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can handle ArcGIS 10, imagery storage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scripted & scheduled updates to keep laptop data fresh </li></ul>
    36. 36. Questions, Comments Tyler Grosshuesch Adams County GIS [email_address] 608-339-4546

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