3 Ways to Disaster Proof Your City During National Preparedness Month

3 Ways to Disaster Proof Your City During National Preparedness Month


September is National Preparation Month (NPM), a month to encourage citizens and local governments to prepare for natural disasters. 


Hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and floods are some of the most powerful natural disasters that occur each year in the United States. These disasters cause significant damage to our roads, bridges, buildings, and other infrastructure components, which often requires FEMA funding to help with the recovery. 


Maintaining asset inventories and conditions with up-to-date records is vital to mitigating damage and obtaining approved funding to restore a city after a natural disaster. However, the process can be overwhelming. The key is to have the right system in place to streamline these processes. Here are a few recommended ways to do that.

Simplify city maintenance and day-to-day processes.

Manage your city data in-field or in office with iWorQ Systems Work Management Software. Use the reporting tool to track asset conditions. Efficiently identify vulnerable assets to repair or implement new standards to mitigate hazards (e.g., upsize culverts, install floodproof barriers, submersible pipes, and fireproof materials). You can also view completed work and associated hours, materials used, and costs caused by these events. Easily run reports and send them to FEMA. iWorQ Systems cloud-based software solutions keep data secure in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud.


Capture city assets and location.

Public Works 1 Street Level Imagery and road assessment services make it easy to reference and document asset location and condition before a storm with imagery. Our team maps these assets utilizing a Trimble MX7 high-definition camera. The data is then imported into iWorQ, making it easy to view on a map and locate assets and work orders in a specific area. 


Collect data faster with citizen reporting tools.

Use iWorQ’s Portal Home to allow residents to report damaged signs, low hanging lines, downed trees, and other city assets that need repairs in the area. Combine with TextMyGov to simplify citizen reports even further by allowing them to text the issue to you. Reports texted in can be sent directly to iWorQ to notify the proper city department and create work order of the issue.




Learn More

Click the links below to learn more about how these software solutions can help your agency.




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