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Esri, FEMA join hands to offer free access to data and mapping technology

Esri has joined hands with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with an aim to provide mapping and analytics technology to support an integrated, multi-agency geospatial platform to fight the COVID pandemic.

Under the agreement, ESRI’s platform will be available to all FEMA partners during “incidents of national significance.” The company has been working with a number of agencies agencies like FEMA to maje sure that communities have free, easy access to technologies, which can help them to understand and respond to this outbreak. Esri is also making available virtual training, on-call technical support services, and a library of geospatial applications that have been developed to respond to the crisis.

As per Esri president Jack Dangermond,  “While it has always been our policy to support impacted communities during incidents of national emergencies, this crisis is special.”

“More than ever it is requiring an integrated multi-organizational response. Our partnership with FEMA will help provide its partners with an integrated multi-agency platform for data sharing and supporting a host of mapping and geospatial applications. We appreciate this opportunity to serve and are hopeful our collaboration will result in a more effective response,” he added further,

As a part of the deal, FEMA has prepared a GIS hub site for data sharing and collaboration among partners. The Hub is a configuration of company’s cloud-based platform, ArcGIS Online, and helps a number of capabilities that are well suited for ongoing pandemic. The site can be viewed by all of FEMA’s federal, state, local, tribal, private sector, and NGO partners.