Our  Focus:

To incorporate local knowledge, equity, information sharing, social networks, and data to improve disaster response and recovery, we found three main focus areas: social connections, aerial imagery, and machine learning. This website serves as a platform for anyone interested in damage assessment and disaster recovery to access the resources from our research and findings.

Project Goals

To improve equitable distribution of resources based on improved prioritization practice


To support local capacity building by localizing scope and efforts of data collection for machine learning

Technical Assistance

To implement innovative solutions to machine learning, damage assessments, and equitable and efficient data collection challenges

About the Project

This project is a joint effort by students and faculty within the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Michigan and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) as a Capstone project for the Winter 2022 semester.

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center

The NDPTC at the University of Hawai'i Mānoa acts as the education branch as part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), a professional alliance of institutions and organizations guided under the FEMA framework. NDPTC employs an extensive series of training events dedicated to developing disaster preparedness and recovery efforts related to natural disasters in coastal communities. The organization has prioritized the development of tools and training modules for emergency managers that integrate emerging technologies to build and sustain resilient communities. Learn more about their mission and work here.

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan aims to create a more beautiful, inclusive and better environment for generations to come. Through interdisciplinary education and research, we prepare graduates for positions of responsibility within a wide spectrum of professions, organizations, and institutions that shape the built environment at scales ranging from local to global. Learn more about Taubman College at the University of Michigan here.

Thank You

The People Behind The Deluge

Anthony Vanky
Meixin Yuan
Hannah Boettcher
Team Member
Jane Dixon
Team Member
Kiley Fitzgerald
Team Member
Elise Grongstad
Team Member
Jon Haadsma
Team Member
Laura Melendez
Team Member
Jeff Pritchard
Team Member
Danielle Stewart
Team Member
Robert Svoboda
Team Member
With contribution from our partners at the NDPTC:
Karl Kim, Lily Bui, Jiwnath Ghimire, Eric Yamashita, Jaeho Choi & Lisa Webster

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