GIS in Disasters and Emergency Management

Name of the provider (company name or main contact name), or FIRE IN ID ? Zhou, Wan-li

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Scope, rationale, context: general description. Precise here if this technology is currently use (eg. company name or contact info) Rapid urbanization due to accelerated population growth can have a devastating side effect on our cities and environment when a disaster occurs and there is a lack of adequate disaster response planning. Disasters can be man-made or natural, including earthquakes, floods, fires, war, terrorism, etc. Our ability to react to these disasters, whether government or individual is not tested very often, and many times when it is, chaos usually reins for a short period until authorities can fully mobilize and take affirmative action. GIS is a tool that can help both in the planning phase to develop contingency scenarios and in the operational phase when teams are on the ground attending to the effects of a disaster. This paper describes the use of GIS in disaster planning.

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Rapid urbanization due to accelerated population growth can have a devastating side effect on our cities and environment when a disaster occurs and there is a lack of adequate disaster response planning. Disasters can be man-made or natural, including earthquakes, floods, fires, war, terrorism, etc. Our ability to react to these disasters, whether government or individual is not tested very often, and many times when it is, chaos usually reins for a short period until authorities can fully mobilize and take affirmative action. GIS is a tool that can help both in the planning phase to develop contingency scenarios and in the operational phase when teams are on the ground attending to the effects of a disaster. This paper describes the use of GIS in disaster planning.

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published in 2011