Disaster Response Program

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Coronavirus Response Resources

To help public health agencies and other organizations jump-start their response to COVID-19, Esri is providing the ArcGIS Hub Coronavirus Response template at no cost through a complimentary six-month subscription of ArcGIS Online with ArcGIS Hub Basic. ArcGIS Hub is a framework to build your own website to visualize and analyze the COVID-19 crisis in the context of your organization's or community's population and assets.

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We support disaster response missions with GIS

Esri’s Disaster Response Program (DRP) assists with disasters worldwide as part of our corporate citizenship. We support response and relief efforts with GIS technology and expertise when your capacity is exceeded.

When you need help quickly, Esri can provide data, software, configurable applications, and technical support for your emergency GIS operations. Use GIS to rapidly access and visualize mission-critical information about the specific locations affected by a disaster. Get the information you need fast, in a way that’s easy to understand, to make better decisions during a crisis.

Areas of support

Explore live interactive public information maps on these disaster types supported by the Disaster Response Program.

  • Building remains and debris following an earthquake


    Improve your response with our earthquake public information map. Monitor earthquake locations, shaking intensity, and affected population.
  • Residential area nearly fully submerged under water


    Observe US flooding information showing locations and statistics, flood warning areas, and current precipitation.
  • Aerial view of a refugee camp

    Humanitarian and Public Health

    Improve humanitarian and public health response to disease outbreaks, famine, migration, and environmental disasters with GIS technology.
  • Aerial view of a hurricane


    View current projected paths, weather warnings, storm surges, and precipitation from hurricanes, also known as cyclones or typhoons.
  • Severe weather activity shown in varying hues of purple over the pacific northwest.

    Severe Weather

    Manage your severe weather response—including tornados, blizzards, drought, and super storms—with live feeds and sensor data.
  • Wildfire moving close to a structure


    Track US wildfire locations, perimeters, potential fire areas, global hot spots, wind conditions, and precipitation via streaming data.

How Esri’s Disaster Response Program can help you

Esri was founded to help solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. For over 20 years, the Disaster Response Program has provided GIS support to our users and the global community during disasters. When you’ve reached your limit, here are ways we can help.


The story of GIS in disaster response


Busiest year on record

The Disaster Response Program had its busiest year on record as a result of three major hurricanes, multiple devastating wildfires, and severe flooding.

Read about mapping wildfires

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

The Disaster Response Program assisted with rapid information sharing capabilities between multiple global locations in a matter of hours in response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Read about the MH17 response

Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill

Multiple organizations shared situational awareness applications that supported the response and clean-up efforts for the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.

Read about the spill response

Hurricane Katrina

Katrina was one of the costliest tropical cyclones in US history. The Disaster Response Program provided direct support for several agencies, including a regional database, damage assessment, search and rescue, and map production.

Read about the GIS volunteers

9/11 World Trade Center

An emergency operations center with GIS capability was established on Pier 92 to support the World Trade Center response and recovery efforts. 20,000 maps were produced in the weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Read about the 9/11 response

Northridge earthquake

Esri's first activation of the Disaster Response Program supported the response to the Northridge earthquake with advanced impact modeling and damage assessments.

View the earthquake shakemap

Get help now

If you need GIS software or support for your current disaster response, please request assistance by completing the form. All requests should be fully justified and are subject to approval.

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