A visualization technology developed with the help of NASA is being adopted by Alabama's Department of Homeland Security.
A demonstration took place Thursday at the Coffee County government complex in New Brockton.
The computer software program offers a number of capabilities including evacuation routing.
This is important in the event of an approaching hurricane.
In addition, it can give an accurate account of damage following a natural disaster like a tornado.
"You know who owns the property in question assessments of the property. What kind of damage occurred and that sort of information that we would need,” said Norven Goddard of Al Department of Homeland Security.
The system itself relies heavily on GIS data and is only available to state agencies.