Last night, here in the U.S., an outbreak of deadly tornadoes tore across several states. Unfortunately, nobody knows how to predict a tornado with certainty, but let's brainstorm on how SAS Software can help analyze the data in the aftermath of a natural disaster like this...
Being a graph guy, the first thing that comes to mind is showing the locations of the storms on a map. The data for the latest tornadoes isn't available yet, but here's a map showing the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak of February 5, 2008 (modeled after a NOAA map):
And once the damage reports are in, how about a SAS county map, shaded by the amount of damage, overlaid on top of a street map, similar to this one showing hurricane strikes in Florida (modeled after a NOAA map):
Or perhaps something even more detailed, such as using SAS to overlay a grid on a county map, using colors to represent the amount of damage within each grid cell:
What other specific ways do you think SAS Software might could be used in helping people after a natural disaster like this? (maybe logistics or managing data?) Share your ideas in the comments section!