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09.04.2019

Open Data Response to Hurricane Dorian

By: Maxar Technologies


Read Time: 2 minutes

Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas in recorded history, causing catastrophic damage to Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. Pounding winds up to 185 mph and torrential rains damaged thousands of homes, businesses and hospitals, flooded the airport, made roads impassable and left the area devastated. One resident who helps run a local hurricane relief group said, “It’s not rebuilding something that was there; we have to start again.” Dorian has since moved up the Florida central coast, leaving more than 7,000 without power with wind gusts of up to 76 mph. Along the east coast from Florida to North Carolina, storm watches and warnings are in effect according to the National Hurricane Center.

When crises like this occur, Maxar is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts and fulfilling our purpose, For a Better World. As part of our Open Data Program, Maxar will publicly release data of the affected areas to support disaster response as it becomes available.

Any imagery or data distributed through the Open Data Program is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 license (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licensing allows for non-commercial use of the information, meaning it can quickly be integrated into first responder workflows with organizations like Team Rubicon, the Red Cross and other non-profits. If commercial companies are interested in using the data distributed through the Open Data Program, it can be purchased by contacting us here.

Pre-event imagery has been posted on our Open Data Program website. Please continue to check this site and our social media channels for updates on post-event data.

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