Teams Begin Damage Assessment Training
for Next Step in Flood Response and Recovery
KOOCHICHING COUNTY, MINNESOTA ~~~~~ June 28, 2022 (LSNews) Koochiching County hosted a special training session today with multi-sector teams learning the ArcGIS ‘Survey123’ Damage assessment software program/application to serve the community in the next step of the flood recovery process.
Led by Emergency Management, the County will have several ‘teams’ of Damage Assessors made up of subject matter experts in their respective fields visiting public infrastructure, private homes and businesses, highways and roads, parks and water facilities, along with many other structures and locations impacted by the flood. Attendees learned the requirements and process for conducting damage assessments, as well as the Survey123 ArcGIS application which will be the primary platform for collecting flood data. ArcGIS Survey123 allows users to use their smart-phones or a tablet to survey and report any public or private damage by standardizing state and federal requirements into an easy-to-use electronic form. The application will track damages, locations, and photographs within just a few minutes of assessing. The result will be a comprehensive map, sortable excel document, and a collage of photographic evidence which can be easily organized and referenced for information that is critical for state and federal disaster relief funds.
“Our county will be utilizing this platform for Damage Assessments across all departments and will be the first jurisdiction in the state of Minnesota to utilize an ‘all-in-one’ approach to damage assessments.,” said Willi Kostiuk, Koochiching County Emergency Manager. “Carlton County helped to develop the unique Survey123 form, combining requirements for Emergency Management, the Highway Department and the Assessor’s Offices into one electronic form. This process will assist officials in locating and scoping damages on the local, state and federal levels.
Koochiching County’s Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management along with the County Engineer and representatives from Koochiching County Highway Department, Koochiching County Lands & Forest, the County Assessor’s Office, City of Ranier, Homeland Security & Emergency Management, the City of International Falls, Northstar Electric Cooperative Inc., and North Koochiching Area Sanitary District, all took part and will make up the damage assessment teams.
“We extend special thanks to the Cass and Carlton Counties Sheriffs’ Offices and Emergency Management for presenting on Survey123 and bringing a streamlined process to help us in this important phase moving towards recovery from this extensive community disaster,” said Kostiuk.
More information on when damage assessment will begin will be released soon. For regular updates and more flood-related information, residents are encouraged to visit co.koochiching.mn.us or follow the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Marlyn Halvorson, Carlton County Emergency Management, leads training in the Koochiching County Emergency Operations Center on the ArcGIS Survey123 application to capture damage assessment data in the flood-impacted Rainy River basin.