DisasterAWARE® v 7.4.7 | Release Date: 7 Mar 2023
Please Note: All changes for 7.4.0 through 7.4.7 were publicly released with version 7.4.7 and are documented as part of the 7.4.7 Release Notes below.
Analytics: Made improvements to analytics to support more informed decision-making in how DisasterAWARE is used.
Authorization: Made fixes to authorization issues impacting DisasterAWARE when a user’s session has expired or the browser ‘wakes up’ from sleep mode.
Hazard coloring: Made improvements to the display of Severe Weather hazards in the Hazards Panel—including a change the text color to match other meteorological hazard types.
Hazard display: Made visual improvements to the size and opacity of hazard types displayed in DisasterAWARE.
Hazard filter: Resolved an issue where unexpected hazards display on the map viewer when a user filters the displayed active hazards from the Hazards Panel.
Hazard panel: Resolved an issue where the Hazard Panel may be opened on startup when not configured to do so.
Identify: Resolved an issue that resulted in more data than necessary being requested when the Rectangle and Current Extent are selected from the Identify Menu—creating a lengthy return of the summary report.
Product panel: Made improvements to the loading of the Products Panel animation to display more smoothly when opened for the first time.
Smart Alerts | Hazard Rules: Resolved an issue that prevented users from scrolling through the Hazard Rules menu while on a mobile device.
Startup optimization: Made improvements to the application startup so the map is usable immediately upon loading.
Listed below are known issues and available workarounds. Thank you for your patience while we address these items.
Area Brief | Historical Hazards: Historical hazard data is limited and may not match user expectations.
Area Brief | Map: The map displayed inside the Infrastructure & Critical Facilities section of Area Brief may only display the location of nuclear facilities. For the location of other types of infrastructure and critical facilities, you may still find this information in the table displayed beneath the map.
Area Brief | RVA: Risk & Vulnerability Assessment (RVA) layers presented may not match the legends in the report.
Browser Ad Blockers: Supplemental information products such as Sit Reps, map graphics, and other analytical reports that are associated with a hazard, cannot be opened when an ad or pop-up blocker is running on your browser. Turn off or pause the ad blocker to open and view PDF products. For instructions, go to http://disasteraware.pdc.org/help/How_To_Disable_AdBlockers.pdf
Burmese language on animated layers: Burmese language does not translate on some animated layers with a time scale and instead displays “NaNh.”
Camera streaming: Some service streaming cameras configured in DisasterAWARE (e.g. Ozolio) may display the camera previews with larger black margins above and below the camera stream while enabled and viewed on the Active Cameras panel.
Drawing | Anti-meridian: Drawing elements in bookmarks that cross the 180th meridian may not copy appropriately if duplicated using the bookmark figure inspector.
Drawing | Large figures: Drawing elements drawn at a high map extent may stop displaying as the user pans the map. To prevent this, draw and maintain drawing features at a lower map view.
Drawing | Navigation with eraser activated: Navigation is disabled when the eraser tool is activated. To resume map navigation, pan or zoom, or disable the eraser tool and try again.
Drawing | Tools disabled: If you are unable to add drawings on the map or are experiencing problems with the drawing tools, you may be zoomed into the map too closely. Zoom out a bit and then try again.
Domain Change | Logout: If a user logs in to Disaster Alert before changing their configured Domain then when opts to Log Out and return to Disaster Alert their logged in session will be expired and the user will need to log back in to Disaster Alert.
FHP | Hazard Exposure: Hazard Exposure details may be slightly slower to load in the FHP Active Hazards view.
Fonts on Bing Roads basemap: Some text on the Bing roads basemap will appear split into two font sizes. To correct this problem, please zoom in.
Fonts in DisasterAWARE: Some letters may not appear correctly if the default zoom level has changed. For example, a lowercase “I” may look like a lowercase “L.” Users can verify spelling if needed by changing the zoom level of the browser and temporarily zooming in to view the text.
Firefox | Hazards: Administrators may experience problems manually adding Hazards to the system if using a Firefox browser with private browsing enabled. If privacy is enabled, administrators who want to manually expire a hazard may need to refresh their browser to see the hazard expire from the map.
Imported layers: If the user attempts to import a Map Service that is already configured in DisasterAWARE then the name of the imported layers may not appear according to the import configuration but rather the existing configuration for the Map Service.
Language change: Changing languages in DisasterAWARE may take longer than expected for the app to translate to the selected language. A workaround is to: 1). Select desired language, 2). Select English, 3). Brief pause, 4). Select desired language.
Layer checker | Google mapping engine: DisasterAWARE may not update the background layer’s status when ‘Google’ is set as the Preferred Mapping Engine.
Layer metadata: Some externally hosted services may display old ‘Updated’ timestamps. The layer abstract text contains the update frequency. Additionally, metadata links may not redirect to GHIN appropriately for all layers. These are anticipated to be resolved with the Digital Data Library.
Offline | Layer cache: Layers will not draw in offline mode unless they are enabled and drawn while the app is connected to the internet to cache the layer feature data.
Print Service | Annotations: There is a minor difference in font style used for annotations on created print products. Longer annotation features may display in produced Print Products with the end cut off.
Print Service | Layers: Due to potential configuration differences it is recommended to only enable layers desired in completed Print products. Please disable other not-drawn layers from the DisasterAWARE Table of Contents before creating the print product. This can help prevent unexpected layers from displaying in the finished Print Product. Additionally, some layers may not be applied as expected in print products.
Print Service | Map Background: Google base maps are not supported in Print Products. If a print is submitted with a Google Basemap a Bing map will be automatically applied. This may slightly change the appearance of the created product against the users expectations.
Print Service | Map Tips: Map Tips are not supported for Print functions at this time.
Print Service | Paper size: A0 and A1 paper sizes (poster sizes) are not currently available.
Products: If a hazard contains more than 1,000 products, there may be a longer-than-expected delay in the products populating the Products Panel when a hazard is inspected.
RVA Data: Data is not rounding or displaying with the percent sign (%) as expected. This is impacting newer data added to the system beginning in 2022.
RVA Data | No Data: The legend in DisasterAWARE may be missing the ‘No Data’ legend entry. This data category is drawn as a grey color in the map viewer. The layer draws as expected and the rest of the information is available in the legend (except the ‘No Data’ entry). Please see example of the Grey below. In DisasterAWARE, you can reference “Western Sahara” in Africa, as well.
Safari | Logout: If a Safari user clicks the back arrow after logging out, the application will temporarily be reloaded. We recommend using the Firefox or Chrome browsers instead.
Safari | Save to File: The bookmark option to “Save to File” feature is currently not available for Safari users.
Smart Alert | Email Verification: When a user changes their configured Smart Alert email the default email of the account registered email is used when the changed-to email is not verified by following the link in the confirmation email.
Smart Alert | SMS Update: Updates to a users Account phone number will overwrite the users configured Smart Alert SMS number. If a user needs to update their Account registered number they should verify
Smart Alert Notifications | Stop: Where available, when a user replies “Stop” to a text (SMS) Smart Alert, the response they receive is in English, regardless of which language is selected.
Smart Alert Notifications | Chinese: Users who have their language preferences set to Chinese will receive notifications in English. Chinese language options (zh-CN and zh-TW) are not supported for Smart Alert notifications.
Smart Alert Notifications | Assets: Users who have their alert area set as “Global” but who have active Asset Providers may only receive notifications for hazards that intersect their actively tracked assets. To receive “Global” notifications, users should delete the Asset Providers and stop tracking assets.
Table of contents | Freezing: If the “Recent Layers” folder is open and all the folder layers are enabled, then DisasterAWARE may not operate as expected and users may not be able to navigate the Table of Contents from the Layers panel. One workaround is to make sure the “Recent Layers” folder is closed while navigating the Table of Contents, and enabling/inspecting data layers.
Virtual layers | Selection bar: If users have themes enabled (PDC, Light, or Dark), the Virtual Layer bar at the bottom of the map viewer may not be easily used to determine the active selection. Users may pause the animation and manually choose a selection to determine which selection is actively displaying in the map viewer.
Web Feature Service (WFS) | Feature count: WFS feature counts are limited to 100 for bandwidth concerns.
Web Feature Service (WFS) | Layer style: WFS does not provide style support and layers are drawn with default Icons.
Web Map Service (WMS) | Asynchronous requests: When a user selects a location, a request is made in parallel to each enabled WMS layer to see if there is a feature at that location. The first layer to respond with a feature is the displayed layer. Making requests serially in an order defined by the visual order of the layers may increase response times unnecessarily.
Web Map Service (WMS) | Coordinates: WMS 1.3 specification flips coordinates in a North and then East orientation (minY, minX, maxY, maxX), which differs from a standard orientation (minX, minY, maxX, maxY). DisasterAWARE flips the coordinates for WMS 1.3 and projection 4326 to accommodate this behavior.
Web Map Service (WMS) | Undeclared virtual layers: Imported layers may appear as independent layers in the Table of Contents (ToC) and may display as both a child of, and independent layer in the Table of Contents. Layer inspection may differ depending on the layer(s) enabled when the inspection event occurs.
Web Map Service (WMS) | Symbology: Icons displayed in Map Tips and the Feature Inspector may not match the symbol displayed on the map.
Web Map Service (WMS) | Feature list: The Feature List for WMS services will only show features that the user discovered by clicking on the map. The feature list may not show all features that are on the map like other feature layers do.
Zoom To Tool: Users who click the map quickly multiple times while the Zoom To tool is enabled (magnifying tool option from the right-side navigation menu) may experience undesired behavior. The map will not tile appropriately at the new zoom level. When the user clicks “Home” from the right side navigation tools the hazard clusters will appear expanded.