Production Manager + UX Designer
Delivered: Primary research, secondary research, concept development, user journeys, low-fi/hi-fi wireframes + prototypes (EMA control interface), system navigation, team management, case study content strategy
Over a billion people in the world live in low-lying coastal regions. Hurricanes in particular present a large threat to people in these regions.
The current process for hurricane preparation, evacuation, and recovery is difficult to handle because of the vast abundance of weather-related information coming from different sources. The facts are not always presented in a manner that effectively and efficiently informs citizens of what will happen to them on an individual level.
Dawn is a local weather information tool concept that improves the process of communication and recovery during hurricanes for citizens and local governments.
Dawn is comprised of two key systems that interact closely with each other: hyperlocal weather forecasts given to citizens based on their geographic address, and improved situational awareness for local emergency management agencies (EMAs) through drone swarm surveillance. Information from Dawn would be relayed to citizens and EMAs before, during, and after the storm for a significantly more local understanding of the situation.
Utilizing drone swarm surveillance operations
to efficiently assess damages
on a large scale to be sent to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA
) for accelerated relief distribution
to the city.
Drone swarms are released by local EMA operators before
the hurricane to assess risk pre-storm
and evaluate damages and hazards post-storm
on individual properties throughout the city. This information is stored in an internal database that the hyperlocal forecasts are sourcing from to provide citizens with personalized information.
The time saved
by utilizing drone swarm surveillance for large-scale assessment
the process of receiving relief from the federal level
(FEMA) to the city greatly.
Providing citizens with hyperlocal weather information presented in an easily understandable manner
through CUI-style alerts that streamline weather forecasts.
This gives citizens personalized information
before, during, and after the hurricane regarding aspects like evacuation likelihood
and risk assessment.
This project was created over the course of 9 weeks in my UX Design Studio 1 class. The nature of the work environment in this class was extremely malleable, and we consistently moved between groups and teams in order to best tackle the job at hand. At around week 5, we diverged into three teams to target our two key problem spaces. While we all continued to work closely together, at this point my team focused on the drone swarm surveillance controls
to be used by local government EMAs.