NASA’s Earth Observations Can Help Disaster Preparedness and Response on the Ground

Colored satellite image of the region to the east of the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
An Unwrapped Interferogram satellite image on 3/22/2020, for Utah’s Magna earthquake, can be used to identify where surface deformation may have occurred. Photo attribution: ASF DAAC 2020 using GAMMA software. Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2020, processed by ESA.

The Disasters program area within NASA’s Applied Sciences Program offers satellite data and analysis to help improve the resilience of communities and support response and recovery following earthquakes and other disasters.

Information and analysis provided by the program can help communities identify vulnerabilities and better plan for and mitigate their hazards. When disaster does strike, the Disasters Program team works with local emergency response agencies to connect them to timely, relevant imagery, data, and analysis that supports informed decision-making and impactful allocation of resources.

To learn more, check out the NASA Disasters Mapping Portal and the following links on the program’s website:


Community Emergency Response Teams

The National CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) conference will take place August 18-20 in Galveston Texas. Check out the National CERT Association website to learn more.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.