Emergency planning is a part of life. You have probably prepared for
emergencies and not even realized it. It could be stocking up on extra
pantry items before a blizzard or filling out an emergency contact form
at your place of employment or child’s school. Though these are great
examples of emergency preparedness, municipal government needs to reach
much deeper. Preparing a home for an emergency is different than
preparing 25,000 homes, businesses and schools for an array of natural
and human disasters.
The Village of Skokie’s Fire Prevention Bureau is working with area
schools to address a student relocation plan in case of an emergency.
The Geographic Information System (GIS) department has been asked to
assist in building routes to these relocation areas. By using routing,
the Village’s Police and Fire Departments will know how both private and
public schools transit to these temporary locations. The importance of
the route is immense considering public safety could be inundated with
calls and stretched thin. This way all parties know what the school’s
plan is for an emergency.