April showers may bring May flowers, but the rainy season also brings the potential for devastation. From Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy, recent history offers many tragic examples of our utter helplessness in the face of severe storms.
It is government’s responsibility to offer proactive protection by publicizing forecasts and developing detailed evacuation plans for worst case scenarios — a responsibility facilitated by the flexibility and wide accessibility of today’s geographic information system (GIS) technology. Once reserved for federal use, many at the state level are incorporating GIS mapping into weather emergency preparedness plans.
We take a closer look at two states’ GIS enabled strategies and explain how GovPilot can help counties and municipalities follow suit.
Though Utah’s climate typically hovers between semi-arid and desert, the state’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean leaves it subject to Pacific storms from October through May. A proud early adopter of GIS technology, the state of Utah makes weather-related data sets available for residents to download.
With the Atlantic Ocean lapping at its shores, Maryland is a high risk state come hurricane season. The state made good use of modern weather tracking technology, transforming its official website into a trove of weather-related GIS maps.
In 2014, Maryland took storm preparedness a step further with its MS4 Stormwater Program. Article 5 requires each municipality to illustrate Storm Sewer data and DPW functions on GIS maps.
GovPilot GIS for Weather Emergency Management
Though it may not be state-mandated, all county and municipal governments would be wise to apply GIS technology to storm prevention initiatives. With GovPilot, they can.
A FEMA map serves as the foundation of GovPilot’s GIS map. This FEMA map base supports layers illustrating parcel locations and ownership information. Additional layers are custom made to depict clients’ select datasets.
Mark flood zones, evacuation routes and more to communicate life-saving information to residents with color-coded simplicity. Mail Merge integration allows you to highlight tracts of land and send personalized messages to the area’s residents.
24/7 access to your government’s emergency plan helps constituents prepare for the worst of times in the best of times.