Emergency management utilizing GIS

​Emergencies happen when we least expect them which is why it is so
important to be prepared. Situations arise in communities that, with the
right preparations, can be easily contained and remedied. The Village
of Lincolnwood has a Geographic Information System (GIS) that
incorporates mapping and analysis to better understand and prepare for
emergencies.

Working with the Village’s Fire Chief, who heads the emergency
management team, the GIS Specialist was able begin the process of
incorporating the GIS for use in emergency situations. This process
began with the installation of software and continues with training the
individuals on the Emergency Management Team in the technology. Not only
does the Village have to train employees in the use of GIS software,
but also has to prepare paper maps incase power and printing are
disabled during the emergency.

GIS has given the emergency management team another angle in
preparing for emergencies. Mapping software has been installed on
multiple workstations and large poster size maps were printed for visual
aides. Preparation is crucial to sustaining and overcoming any
emergency and GIS provides an extra tool to help that process.

Emergency management utilizing GIS

​Emergencies happen when we least expect them which is why it is so
important to be prepared. Situations arise in communities that, with the
right preparations, can be easily contained and remedied. The Village
of Lincolnwood has a Geographic Information System (GIS) that
incorporates mapping and analysis to better understand and prepare for
emergencies.

Working with the Village’s Fire Chief, who heads the emergency
management team, the GIS Specialist was able begin the process of
incorporating the GIS for use in emergency situations. This process
began with the installation of software and continues with training the
individuals on the Emergency Management Team in the technology. Not only
does the Village have to train employees in the use of GIS software,
but also has to prepare paper maps incase power and printing are
disabled during the emergency.

GIS has given the emergency management team another angle in
preparing for emergencies. Mapping software has been installed on
multiple workstations and large poster size maps were printed for visual
aides. Preparation is crucial to sustaining and overcoming any
emergency and GIS provides an extra tool to help that process.