Become a Damage Reporter
After an earthquake or other disaster, one of the biggest challenges for local emergency management organizations is how to quickly gain information about the extent of damage throughout the community. This is where community members can play an important role.
Residents and business owners can quickly feed damage information to Oxnard’s Emergency Operations Center by using a Damage Reporter application on their smart phones or tablets. This information will automatically appear on a map in the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and help the EOC staff quickly assess the situation in order to manage resources and request assistance from outside agencies. While the Damage Reporter application does not replace calling 911, it will provide extremely valuable information immediately after a disaster.
This brand new cutting edge technology is being provided through a federally funded project at no cost to us. Also, the city of Oxnard is one of the first city’s in the nation to start implementing this tool! We will soon be the model for other communities.
To become a Damage Reporter, you need an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet, an e-mail account, and you must complete a one-hour training course. Training classes are held at the Oxnard Fire Administration Office, located at 360 W. Second Street. For more information, please contact (805) 385-7722.