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In just one week, on September 10-14, 2018, the Emergency Management Service of the EU's Earth observation program Copernicus was activated twice by the United States in relation to Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut over Guam.
The Copernicus team used its satellite data to produce flood maps which helped the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prepare for the hurricanes and to better organize disaster response efforts on the ground.
Copernicus produced 24 highly accurate maps of high risk areas in the span of a few days to manage the aftermath of hurricane Florence which caused massive flooding in North and South Carolina.
Over the past months, the EU and U.S. cooperation in Earth observation has considerably stepped up, with teams on both sides of the Atlantic working around the clock during events to mitigate the impact of natural disasters and help first responders save lives. This cooperation also enables exchanges of knowledge and data which will allow more sophisticated and performing Copernicus products for the benefit of all users. More details on the activation can be found here