Disaster Charter logoApr 30, 2016 • The International Charter is a system that supplies free satellite imagery to emergency responders anywhere in the world.

The Charter concept is this: a single phone number is made available to authorized parties providing 24/7 contact to a person who can activate the charter. Once activated, a project manager takes charge. The project manager knows what satellite resources are available, how to task them to collect data, and how to quickly analyze the collected data to create impact maps for first responders. These maps, provided to responders for free, often show where the damage is and where crisis victims are, allowing responders to plan and execute relief support.

You can think of the Charter as a one-stop-shop for impact maps—an essential resource, since in many cases satellite data are the only practical method to assess current ground conditions after a disaster.

This month, 19 Landsat scenes were ingested by the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System to provide data for Charter activations including:
+ Earthquake in Japan
+ Earthquake in Ecuador
+ Fire in Panama
Earthquake in Taiwan
Earthquake in Chile

The USGS HDDS also provided 27 Landsat scenes for:
+ Fire in the Eastern U.S.
+ Tornado in Eastern U.S.
+ Tornado in Midwest U.S.
+ Kilauea volcano in Hawaii
+ Indonesian volcano
+ Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador

Details from the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System’s RSS feed for Charter activations:
On 2016-04-29 05:32:30, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201604_Earthquake_JPN
On 2016-04-28 05:13:19, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201604_Earthquake_ECU
On 2016-04-27 07:30:16, 4 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201604_Earthquake_ECU
On 2016-04-27 07:03:11, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201604_Fire_PAN
On 2016-04-26 07:06:54, 4 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201604_Earthquake_ECU
On 2016-04-26 07:03:47, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201604_Fire_PAN
On 2016-04-07 05:41:51, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201602_Earthquake_TWN
On 2016-04-05 04:38:45, 3 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201509_Earthquake_CHL

Landsat data ingested by HDDS for non-charter activations:
On 2016-04-29 05:31:37, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201603_Tornado_Midwest_US
On 2016-04-28 05:14:55, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201311_Volcano_Indonesia
On 2016-04-27 07:03:49, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201507_Volcano_Cotopaxi_ECU
On 2016-04-26 07:14:15, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201311_Volcano_Indonesia
On 2016-04-26 07:08:08, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201603_Tornado_Midwest_US
On 2016-04-26 07:04:10, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201604_Fire_Eastern_US
On 2016-04-25 07:38:03, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2016-04-22 11:02:56, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2016-04-15 05:46:10, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2016-04-14 05:28:19, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2016-04-07 05:43:39, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2016-04-06 04:42:33, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201311_Volcano_Indonesia
On 2016-04-06 04:41:35, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201602_Tornado_Eastern_US
On 2016-04-05 04:37:12, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201603_Tornado_Midwest_US
On 2016-04-04 06:16:07, 3 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201603_Tornado_Midwest_US
On 2016-04-04 06:11:33, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201603_Tornado_Midwest_US
On 2016-04-04 06:10:00, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201507_Volcano_Cotopaxi_ECU