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Friday, September 02, 2005

KATRINA: Stones Cry Out's Brady Has Plan to Put Every Evacuee on the Map and Road to Recovery

The headline above is no exaggeration because Brady is a professional city planner who happens also to have worked on a New Orleans Category V simulation project as a consultant to FEMA. Brady knows the Blogosphere and the technology available via the Internet.

Briefly, Brady says it is possible to assign every New Orleans evacuee a FEMA case manager and create a comprehensive computer file that becomes the base point of recovery efforts for that evacuee. Here's Brady's description:

"Each evacuee should be assigned a FEMA case manager. Evacuees and those residing in shelters should be interviewed within a week to determine their individual immediate and near-term needs. The following information should be collected:
• Full medical history and needs.

• Number of people in family/group and a list of loved ones still unaccounted for.
• Home address and status of property/possessions (if known).
• Place of employment.
• Relatives or friends in unaffected parts of the country that might be able to house them for a time.
"The data gathered by these case managers should be loaded into a Geographic Information System (GIS) relational database that will facilitate determination needs by evacuee household or group. Information on evacuees with information these data to be joined with other data on damaged areas and complemented with data collected by field inspectors as it comes in.

" Satellite imagery should provide a 'first' cut at identifying people who are likely to require 'temporary' accommodations versus those who will need 'interim' housing. By 'temporary,' I mean accommodations for folks who may be able to move back into their homes within 60-90 days. 'Interim' housing refers to accommodations for up to 3 years.
"Within a day of the interview, a report could be generated for each case, perhaps with images of the evacuee’s property and surrounding area, that will help case managers and evacuees decide how best to meet the immediate housing needs."

Makes sense to me. Go here for Brady's complete post, which also includes a lengthy response to Hugh Hewitt's masterful "What is to be Done" post earlier today containing a laundry list of ideas for how the recovery effort should proceed.