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June 26, 2019
Arkansas Volunteers Set to Respond to Tornadoes and Flooding Using Fulcrum Smart Technology

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – In response to the current Arkansas River Flooding and recent tornadoes, AR-UMC volunteers in mission and disaster recovery are using the Fulcrum Community platform, a no-cost, short-term crowdsourced data collection solution created by Spatial Networks. The Fulcrum platform allows volunteer teams and organizations to transform their paper forms into mobile apps that can be used on any mobile device. Volunteer organizations are able to remotely capture and collect critical information and allow real-time or near real-time communication between team members — even in areas with no cellular or internet service.

The state of Arkansas is recovering from heavy flooding along the Arkansas River and tornadoes that hit Jefferson, Sebastian, Boone and Marion counties within the last few weeks. Using Fulcrum, volunteers will be able to respond faster and more efficiently. Teams will have the ability to communicate in real-time which prevents duplication in property visits and faster recoveries in the areas hardest hit. Most importantly, teams will be able to secure families and personal property and relocate families into safer housing smarter and faster.

At Spatial Networks, we understand that the most effective tool in disaster response is intel, which is why we created Fulcrum Community. Fulcrum Community deployments during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria taught us that our platform saves lives if we’re there when disaster strikes. Recently, we have responded to Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and fires and subsequent flooding in the hills of Santa Barbara County in California, as well as areas impacted by Cyclone Fani.

Fulcrum is a cloud-based mobile data collection platform that enables organizations to work faster, improve communication, and gain valuable insights into field operations. Used as a standalone location-based data collection platform or integrated with existing services such as GIS and asset management systems, the platform provides ground truth that puts data into actionable, meaningful context. More than 121,000 users across 51,700 organizations in 180 countries have collected over 147 million survey records with Fulcrum.

Visit fulcrumapp.com/community to learn more about Fulcrum Community and the Fulcrum Ready Campaign.

About Spatial Networks
Founded in 2000, Spatial Networks enables organizations to identify opportunities, reduce uncertainty, and mitigate risk by leveraging geography and geographical information systems, including the mobile data collection platform Fulcrum. Spatial Networks, which was named one of the 100 Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay for 2019 by the Tampa Bay Times, is headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL, but employs remote staff across the United States. The company also utilizes vast global network of geospatial professionals to obtain the most accurate, timely, and relevant data for its clients.

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