Interactive event mapping

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During an emergency event, knowing how a community is being impacted
as a whole can be just as important as responding to an individual
emergency call. Having an overall view of the event can provide
emergency response personnel with a better idea of how wide-spread the
problems are and reveal potential patterns that can lead to better
management of the response efforts. To help maximize its ability to
respond to a community-level emergency, the Village of Winnetka GIS
department developed a process for showing staff-generated emergency
information in a real-time mapping environment.

The environment for displaying the emergency event data generated by
community staff is the GIS Consortium MapOffice™ Advanced mapping
application, so the first step in the development process was to
determine how the information would be stored and transferred from the
input location to the map. The medium for bridging this gap is a
Microsoft SQL database environment, which is used by MapOffice™ Advanced
to display data and allows for multiple user inputs at one time. Using a
Microsoft Access form as the point for data input, the staff member can
enter emergency call information and, through a programming script
developed by GIS department staff, have the information processed for
input into the mapping application. Once processed, the event locations
can be displayed by the application’s end users, providing them with a
real-time view of what is occurring in the Village.

Viewing a community-level, real-time emergency event in an
interactive spatial environment provides the potential for the Village
of Winnetka to better plan for response situations and can assist
Village staff in developing and executing better polices for future
resource and manpower distribution.

Interactive event mapping

Blog_Interactive_event_mapping.png

During an emergency event, knowing how a community is being impacted
as a whole can be just as important as responding to an individual
emergency call. Having an overall view of the event can provide
emergency response personnel with a better idea of how wide-spread the
problems are and reveal potential patterns that can lead to better
management of the response efforts. To help maximize its ability to
respond to a community-level emergency, the Village of Winnetka GIS
department developed a process for showing staff-generated emergency
information in a real-time mapping environment.

The environment for displaying the emergency event data generated by
community staff is the GIS Consortium MapOffice™ Advanced mapping
application, so the first step in the development process was to
determine how the information would be stored and transferred from the
input location to the map. The medium for bridging this gap is a
Microsoft SQL database environment, which is used by MapOffice™ Advanced
to display data and allows for multiple user inputs at one time. Using a
Microsoft Access form as the point for data input, the staff member can
enter emergency call information and, through a programming script
developed by GIS department staff, have the information processed for
input into the mapping application. Once processed, the event locations
can be displayed by the application’s end users, providing them with a
real-time view of what is occurring in the Village.

Viewing a community-level, real-time emergency event in an
interactive spatial environment provides the potential for the Village
of Winnetka to better plan for response situations and can assist
Village staff in developing and executing better polices for future
resource and manpower distribution.