June 21st Storm Event Cleanup

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During an emergency event, the extent of the area affected and the
number of issues occurring as a result of the event are just some of the
factors that need to be processed, organized, and reviewed by local
government staff to determine the most appropriate course of action.
Perhaps the greatest challenge of any emergency response effort is
controlling where information is coming from and determining which
pieces of information are more critical than others. To help better
organize information gathered during a recent storm event, the City of
Des Plaines IL used the city’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
department to assist with mapping and prioritizing the storm cleanup
efforts.

While the initial response to the storm event relied heavily on more
traditional forms of data organization and presentation, an effort to
streamline the cleanup efforts resulted in GIS being used to develop
several mapping products that assisted city staff with visualizing the
storm damage. These included a traffic signal outage map, a road
closure and downed trees map, and a damaged property map that was
developed using information gathered by city building inspectors during
the initial damage assessment review. Using these products, city staff
was able to better visualize the extent of the damage and, as a result,
develop a more effective plan for cleaning up the city.

June 21st Storm Event Cleanup

Blog_June21stStormEventCleanup.jpg

During an emergency event, the extent of the area affected and the
number of issues occurring as a result of the event are just some of the
factors that need to be processed, organized, and reviewed by local
government staff to determine the most appropriate course of action.
Perhaps the greatest challenge of any emergency response effort is
controlling where information is coming from and determining which
pieces of information are more critical than others. To help better
organize information gathered during a recent storm event, the City of
Des Plaines IL used the city’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
department to assist with mapping and prioritizing the storm cleanup
efforts.

While the initial response to the storm event relied heavily on more
traditional forms of data organization and presentation, an effort to
streamline the cleanup efforts resulted in GIS being used to develop
several mapping products that assisted city staff with visualizing the
storm damage. These included a traffic signal outage map, a road
closure and downed trees map, and a damaged property map that was
developed using information gathered by city building inspectors during
the initial damage assessment review. Using these products, city staff
was able to better visualize the extent of the damage and, as a result,
develop a more effective plan for cleaning up the city.