GIS and emergency management

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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 Skokie 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 to create zones for damage
assessments to be used in the field after a disaster takes place. This
product was initially used during a training exercise in which a
simulated tornado made its way through the village. Search grids help
the field crew by limiting and defining their area to search. A map of
the specific grid is given to the field worker who then searches and
documents locations of damage and other obstructions. The final damage
assessment is sent back to the emergency operations center to be
reviewed.

GIS has given the emergency management team another angle in
preparing for emergencies. Mapping software has been installed on
laptops for mobile use 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.

GIS and emergency management

Blog_GIS_and_emergency_management.png

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 Skokie 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 to create zones for damage
assessments to be used in the field after a disaster takes place. This
product was initially used during a training exercise in which a
simulated tornado made its way through the village. Search grids help
the field crew by limiting and defining their area to search. A map of
the specific grid is given to the field worker who then searches and
documents locations of damage and other obstructions. The final damage
assessment is sent back to the emergency operations center to be
reviewed.

GIS has given the emergency management team another angle in
preparing for emergencies. Mapping software has been installed on
laptops for mobile use 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.