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Fact Sheet 2010–3053

Hazards Data Distribution System Update

By Brenda K. Jones and Rynn Lamb


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When emergencies occur, first responders and disaster response teams need access to aerial photography and satellite imagery that is acquired within hours of the event. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) provides quick and easy access to imagery and geospatial data that supports emergency response and recovery operations. HDDS provides data access and delivery services through graphic and (or) traditional directory-based interfaces that allow emergency response personnel to select and obtain pre-event baseline and post-event emergency response imagery. The initial graphic user interface for the Hazard Data Distribution System, HDDS2, was released June 2010.

USGS HDDS home page:

Revised July 2011: ver. 2.0

First posted June 2010

For additional information contact:
Brenda K. Jones,
Disaster Response Coordinator EROS Center
U.S. Geological Survey
47914 252nd St
Sioux Falls, SD 57198
Telephone: 605–594–6503

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Suggested citation:

Jones, B.K., and Lamb, Rynn, 2011, Hazards Data Distribution System update (ver. 2.0, July 2011): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3053, 1 p. (Also available at

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