DRC-Disaster Research Center

Puerto Rico Disaster Decision Support Tool (DDST)

DDST Manual

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The Disaster Research Center (DRC) at the University of Delaware (UD), with funding from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM) Sea Grant College Program and the National Science Foundation, in collaboration with the Center for Applied Social Research (CISA-UPRM), Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), University of Delaware Research and Data Management Services (RDMS), and Center for Coastal Hazards (CCH-UPRM), are pilot testing a mapping tool.

The Puerto Rico Disaster Decision Support Tool (DDST) is an Internet based scalable mapping server. The DDST is a tool for disaster planners, responders, and related officials at the municipal, zone, and state level and offers them access to a variety of georeferenced information for their areas of jurisdiction.  

One of the DDST goals is to provide end users with the most accurate easy to access geographic information at no cost. To do so, we use a number of governmental data sources, as well as, data generated through our research, and through the research of investigators at partner research centers. As a pilot tool that is under development, and as it is also the case of computer based systems, the tool is not 100% reliable and a failure in any part of the system is possible. As a consequence, all the participants of this effort disclaim liability for any personal, property or other damage directly or indirectly related to the use of, or reliance on the mapping tool and cannot guarantee its accuracy and/or availability at any time, including but not limited to a real emergency. Moreover, we are also not responsible for any delays in processing your mapping request. Therefore, the user acknowledges that, at this point, the online internet tool is part of a research effort and understands that as such it may have errors, disruptions, or any other problem.  If you have any additional questions, comments, would like to publish additional data or have any suggestions we would like to hear from you. Please contact Jenniffer Santos-Hernández by phone at 302.831.6618, Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM ET; or by email at jsantos@udel.edu.

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