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Overview

Showing how geographic information systems (GIS) technology can provide crucial and timely information and analysis to organizations involved in emergency response and homeland security, this hands-on manual is written for communities that face the threat of large-scale disasters, whether they be wild-fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, or terrorist attacks. With full-color maps depicting the landscape of real catastrophic events; community checklists, and lessons learned from the real world of catastrophe response and preparedness, this manual is essential reading for communities that seek to make themselves more prepared should the unthinkable happen. Included are examples of how technology-savvy organizations have used the digital mapping and analysis tools of GIS technology to help in response to disasters.

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The use of geographic information systems (GIS) is as essential to disaster management plans as bandages and radios, argues Greene (an editor at ESRI press). He surveys some of the uses of GIS in the United States, including the use of data visualization to respond to the September 11 attacks. The various applications discussed are grouped into their uses for identification and planning, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Distributed by the Independent Publishers Group. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589480407
  • Publisher: ESRI Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 803,264
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Greene-Staff writer for ESRI Press & former fellow of the Kiplinger Public Affairs Reporting Program at Ohio State University

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and credits v
Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Identification and planning 1
Chapter 2 Mitigation 15
Chapter 3 Preparedness 27
Chapter 4 Response 41
Chapter 5 Recovery 71
Appendix A Challenges for GIS in Emergency Preparedness and Response 80
Appendix B Spatial data layers 111
Appendix C Five-year general strategies matrix of the FIRESCOPE Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Information Technology Group (GISSIT) 121
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