emDART stands for emergency management Damage Assessment Reporting Tool
Following a natural or man-made disaster, the assessment teams must immediately enter into damaged areas and begin conducting effective rapid or preliminary damage assessments. These assessments are performed by skilled emergency management personnel to survey the impact, type and extent of the disaster’s damages, in order to determine the after-effect, save lives, protect property and the environment, and begin recovery.
This process is typically completed on paper forms in the field, and then compiled upon returning to their office or command center. In most cases, this process is time-consuming, with possible inaccuracies during conversion, or by being misplaced or illegible paper due to inclement weather conditions.
emDART streamlines these processes by enabling the collection and compilation of damage data in a real-time environment.
To use emDART, emergency management personnel can access the application with smartphones, tablets and PC's.
emDART guides the assessor through the process to input damage assessment data into forms. Included are the functions to capture photos or video of the damage and describe in detail.
GPS coordinates are gathered through the smart device/or web service via integrated mapping services. Once completed, the information of damage and GPS coordinates are uploaded to a database via a cellular data or Wi-Fi network, where this information is immediately accessible to the incident commanders or other responding agencies. In the event that cellular connectivity is not available, the assessment information is collected in an “offline” mode and
will be automatically uploaded once network connectivity becomes available.
Emergency management directors have access to all of this information via a administrator dashboard, where incident data and reports can be quickly documented, printed and emailed.