RunMobile DARS (Damage Assessment Reporting Solution) combines a mobile app for creating damage assessment reports on a smartphone or tablet with a backend database and web-based dashboard for viewing aggregate data in a Command Center environment. Compared to traditional paper and pen assessment gathering, DARS speeds report collection, while improving accuracy and legibility. Assessors can submit reports in real-time and append photo and video evidence in support of damage claims.
In tests conducted with FEMA in Region V, the app has:
-Improved the accuracy of data capture, compared to paper methods, through use of standardized data fields, drop-down selections and device-based data capture.
-Reduced overall time required to enter an assessment
- Improved data analysis was improved as a result of the browser-based view into aggregate, real-time assessment reports
- Provided greater data transparency as local, state and federal officials could view incoming data simultaneously in real-time
- Aided accuracy and documentation with geo-coding and photo capture features
We look forward to continuing to share data regarding the app and its efficacy in speeding and improving damage reporting with the disaster management community.