New City of Houston and Civis Analytics Report Details
New City of Houston and Civis Analytics Report Details Methodology for Smarter, More Accurate Disaster Recovery
After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the City of Houston recognized that Houston needed a more precise understanding of how the storm impacted residents that went beyond FEMA data. In response, the City launched the Harvey Data Project, a new way to look at the impact and cost of Harvey. The project partners included a team of data scientists from Civis Analytics, flood engineers from Dewberry, and community and geospatial expertise from Knudson. Together, they built a new model for more accurately calculating storm damage.
"While a disaster like Harvey may be 'equal opportunity' in terms of where the rain fell, it actually deepens inequalities that existed before the storm," said Tom McCasland, Director of the City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department. "The Federal government is supposed to assist those who have the...