Disaster Response Maps and Emergency Response Maps
Emergency Services Data in Maptitude
Maptitude is a powerful tool for emergency management. It includes detailed demographics describing the locations of businesses, households, residents, and employees, which are critical for evacuation plans. In combination with the latest demographics, the routing and drive-time ring analyses provide a clear picture of accessible areas and can be overlaid with data such as the latest weather patterns via the imagery tools.
For example, Maptitude Country Packages include comprehensive locations for hospitals, emergency rooms, police stations, military bases, and more. These data provide a complete framework for exploring emergency service scenarios.
Maptitude can be also be used to define territories such as fire department service districts.
For special projects and reports, Maptitude provides better analysis and illustration of information. Using tabulated data, this program creates maps, charts, and graphs. For example, the extreme damage caused by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 required immediate emergency response from the AFC.
Every community, whether large or small, needs to be able to respond to a disaster quickly. The primary use of GIS in responding to disaster is performing the damage assessment after the event has occurred. Completion of the damage assessment is a prerequisite of the release of federal relief funds.
An F4 tornado struck the City of Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1999. The tornado did severe damage to the historic downtown area, to Austin Peay State University, and to local homes and business. Using Maptitude, the Clarksville/Montgomery County GIS Center, in coordination with the Planning Commission, conducted a damage assessment which was completed within thirty-six hours of the tornado’s touchdown. The street map layer incorporated with Maptitude was used to locate over six hundred damaged or destroyed structures by address from information from a field survey. More...
International Emergency Mapping
There is no limit to the number of point styles that can be applied in Maptitude. You can use any of your own images, plus the software includes hundreds of icons that can differentiate customers, locations, and competitors.
Maptitude includes the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA) icons to help relief workers present emergency and crisis-related information quickly and simply. The set of symbols covers complex humanitarian issues such as access to people in need and protection of civilians, plus those for natural disasters and relief supplies
Travel time is the most realistic way of describing market areas and access to services. Emergency services may want to map their response time coverage for an area. The drive-time rings tool in Maptitude supports these types of analysis based on the creation of realistic catchment areas, and with a single click can create detailed demographic reports (see video here).