GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management

Lesson 4 Overview

A contraflow map shows available evacuation routes for the New Orleans region during Hurricane emergencies.

In this lesson, we will shift focus from vulnerability assessment to the next stage of emergency management, preparedness. You will read about ways in which GIS can be used to target mitigation and evacuation efforts to reduce the impact of forecast disasters. Then, you will respond to one of the readings with a written critique. For your term project, you will develop a detailed outline to help guide your progress.


At the successful completion of Lesson 4, students should be able to:

  • explain how GIS is used in disaster preparedness;
  • complete an outline for your term project report;
  • write a short critique of a journal article;
  • describe and discuss the emerging technology trend of map mashups and responsive design.


If you have questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them in the Lesson 4 Questions and Comments Discussion in Canvas.