GIS provides support for museum opening

​The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie opened
its doors to the public in April 2009. Dignitaries from around the world
attended the opening, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton as
the keynote speaker. The opening ceremonies were attended by an
estimated 12,000 people. Planning for an event like this is a difficult
endeavor because timing, placement and communication all need to be
shared throughout each participating agency.

The Village of Skokie’s Geographic Information System (GIS) played
and integral part during security planning for this event. After meeting
with members of the Village’s Police and Fire Department, it was
determined that using the Village’s GIS would be beneficial to Public
Safety by providing detailed imagery of the location with strategic
locations of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Police personnel
overlaid on the imagery. Local, county, state, and federal agencies were
all involved in this event creating the need for impeccable
communication. Coordinating loading zones, parking, street closures, and
agency responsibility is where GIS became involved. Highlighting each
specific agency’s position and being able to overlay it on the aerial
photograph proved beneficial in planning this event. Large maps were
produced and handed out to each agency during the planning phase and for
use during the event.

Event planning is not a simple task. When crowds reach into the
thousands, safety becomes a major concern. GIS allowed the Skokie Police
and Fire Departments to provide and share a wealth of information to
their county, state and federal counterparts, creating a safe
environment while preparing for the worst case scenarios.

GIS provides support for museum opening

​The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie opened
its doors to the public in April 2009. Dignitaries from around the world
attended the opening, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton as
the keynote speaker. The opening ceremonies were attended by an
estimated 12,000 people. Planning for an event like this is a difficult
endeavor because timing, placement and communication all need to be
shared throughout each participating agency.

The Village of Skokie’s Geographic Information System (GIS) played
and integral part during security planning for this event. After meeting
with members of the Village’s Police and Fire Department, it was
determined that using the Village’s GIS would be beneficial to Public
Safety by providing detailed imagery of the location with strategic
locations of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Police personnel
overlaid on the imagery. Local, county, state, and federal agencies were
all involved in this event creating the need for impeccable
communication. Coordinating loading zones, parking, street closures, and
agency responsibility is where GIS became involved. Highlighting each
specific agency’s position and being able to overlay it on the aerial
photograph proved beneficial in planning this event. Large maps were
produced and handed out to each agency during the planning phase and for
use during the event.

Event planning is not a simple task. When crowds reach into the
thousands, safety becomes a major concern. GIS allowed the Skokie Police
and Fire Departments to provide and share a wealth of information to
their county, state and federal counterparts, creating a safe
environment while preparing for the worst case scenarios.