GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management



This week, we moved to the final phase of emergency management - recovery. Recovery from a disaster can take a very long time (many would argue that we are still working on the aftermath of Katrina, for example), and there are a wide range of roles that GIS can play in the recovery process. For example, GIS may be called upon to identify areas for redevelopment projects or to recalibrate vulnerability models to help predict future disaster impacts.

Talk of recovery plans may begin quite early following a disaster. We learned that during Katrina there were efforts to begin talking about the rebuilding process during the response phase of the disaster. A key challenge that GIS systems for emergency management must face will be rapidly changing priorities.

Now that we have identified and discussed all four stages of the emergency management process, we will shift focus in the next lesson toward the use of scenarios to plan GIS systems for emergency management. You've had a bit of experience with these already in your University vulnerability assessment work in Lesson 3. Scenarios can be incredibly useful tools to help predict what technology and capabilities a GIS system will need to have to handle all phases of emergency management.


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If there is anything in the lesson materials that you would like to comment on or add to, feel free to post your thoughts to the Lesson 6 Questions and Comments Discussion.  For example, what did you have the most trouble with in this lesson? Was there anything useful here that you'd like to try in your own work?