Customer Story: Hurricane Preparation & Response with Fulcrum

No matter what happens, Fulcrum provides you with the tools to deliver when it matters.

Fulcrum for hurricane relief

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After a hurricane, Fulcrum can be quickly deployed to the field with minimal study, training, and preparation; and since most people have smart phones or tablets anyway, there’s no need to obtain any equipment — and the “bring your own device” model that crisis response agencies need becomes a reality. Fulcrum users (whether organization employees or responders and volunteers) can be in the field reporting

damage the minute a storm has passed, even if cellular networks are down, in a “no-comms” environment. Data collected pre-storm, coupled with post-storm damage information can greatly aid in relief efforts. Fulcrum allows for data upload in real time, so someone sitting at a relief organization’s HQ can be monitoring the damage as soon as field users sync their collected data.

Fulcrum users (whether organization employees or responders and volunteers) can be in the field reporting damage the minute a storm has passed, even if cellular networks are down, in a “no-comms” environment.

Here are a few Hurricane Preparation, Response, & Relief apps already available in Fulcrum

Hurricane Route sign inventory
Hurricane Evacuation Route Sign Inspection

Inspect and document damage to hurricane evacuation route signage. This app includes fields for the sign id, sign type, intersection name, distance from intersection, damage, and photos.

Damage assessment
Post Storm Building Damage Report

This app is designed for quick reporting of visible damage to a building after a hurricane has ended. Assess the severity of the damage while including photos, documenting damage type, and more.

Disaster shelter assessment
Disaster Shelter Assessment

The Disaster Shelter Assessment app can be used during disaster preparation to assess how well existing school structures can be adapted into a shelter during an emergency situation.

Already have data? We make it easy to import and modify existing GIS Data.

Step 1: Prepare your data for import

To import data into Fulcrum, it needs to be point data in CSV format. Be sure that the table has latitude and longitude fields. To convert your data to CSV format, simply save it as a CSV file in QGIS.

Prepare data

Step 2: Import your data into Fulcrum.

Follow the steps of the import wizard to bring your data into Fulcrum. During the import, toggle on ‘read only’ for all of the fields, since data collectors will not need to edit this information.

Import data

Step 3: Edit your app

Importing your records automatically generates the first part of the app. To prepare this portion of the app for this use case, arrange these fields into a section.

Add a second section to create the damage assessment portion of the app. In this section you can add fields for assessing the level of damage, documenting specifically what types of damage has occurred, and adding pictures. You can also add a status field to keep track of repairs.

Edit app

Step 4: Assess Damage from the field

Once you have finished editing the app, it can instantly be deployed to the field. Data collectors will need to download the existing records to their device. Once this has been done, they will simply need to tap the records to enter the damage information.

Assess damage

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