New U.S. Hurricane Crisis Portal Makes Disaster Relief Easier; Behind-the-Scenes Developer Uses Web Conferencing to Create Government Website in Five Days

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The Hurricane Crisis Web Portal shows the nature of the devastation of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. This new Web site may be used for future hurricane disaster relief, clean-up and re-construction.

A new Hurricane Crisis Web portal now helps all national and local government agencies coordinate disaster relief, clean-up and re-construction. The Website has proved invaluable during recent hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. It will also help in future hurricane disasters. The Website ( allows officials, workers and the public to toggle between pre-hurricane street maps and post-hurricane satellite imagery for a specific location. Users can also blend the two, overlaying the satellite images atop a street map to identify a location that otherwise would be unrecognizable.

Another behind the scenes hero, IDV Solutions, Grand Ledge, Michigan played a relief role as well, creating the Hurricane Crisis web portal at the request of Microsoft and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) in just five days, thanks to Microsoft Live Meeting Web conferencing.

“Web conferencing sped the development of the Website,” said Ian Clemens, CIO, IDV Solutions. “Hundreds of decisions about site controls, tools, displayed data and ease-of-use had to be made very quickly among dozens of team members. The result was a Website that helps all current and future hurricane victims.”

About IDV Solutions

IDV Solutions is a Grand Ledges, Michigan-based company delivering location intelligence and visualization solutions to premier middle market companies and the Global 1000. The company is dedicated to improving enterprise return on data investment through information and visualization technologies. For more information contact Jim Keenan, Director of Sales and Marketing (517) 627-0006 x208.


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