The importance of surfacing key information on a map

This is a paper that is focusing on the importance of surfacing key information on a map. The paper also provides a brief background on the topic discussion for the assignment analysis.

The importance of surfacing key information on a map


It is your first month as the Emergency Manager for your County. The County is in a mostly rural area and really does not have significant EM resources or plans available. The County population is about 45,000. A large F3/F4 tornado has just torn through your community.

You still have internet access and power. You have PC’s, printers, projectors and copiers. All of the staff from city hall have just shown up at your small facility ready to help. Additionally, your job is to coordinate the information flow and start an assessment of the situation.

You know that one of the first priorities of Emergency Management, after an incident has occurred, is to complete a rapid damage and needs assessment. The disaster declaration and the mutual aid assistance request, are measured against the damage assessment and also requests for assistance.


For this paper, you will write about the importance of surfacing key information on a map in the Emergency Management environment / EOC. What information
should politicians, responders and EM’s have at their disposal to make quick disaster declaration decisions?

Using the subjects, we have studied so far:
Emergency Management and Large Data , Social Media , Radio and Satellite Communications , GIS. Write a paper that discusses what information EM would want to be able to surface in the EOC and also on a GIS map to help with the damage assessment, disaster declaration and assistance requests.
Answer these Questions:
1.) Firstly, what are the different ways that you think data could come in?
2.) Secondly, what types of technology are involved?
3.) Thirdly, how do we represent this information on the map?
4.) Fourthly, how do we use that information on the map to communicate with our senior elected officials and others about the severity and scope of the situation?
5.) Lastly, can you build this kind of situational awareness without technology?