GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management

Lesson 5 Overview

Aerial view of Grand Isle, LA
NOAA aerial photo of Grand Isle, LA showing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - note that survivors wrote "HELP!" on the street.

In this lesson, we will focus on how GIS is used in response to emergency situations. GIS has tremendous potential for aiding disaster response, but as you will learn, it is not easy to work quickly to translate GIS analyses into actionable information when lives are at stake. Responders need to know where to go and how to get there, and emergency managers need to understand and react to a changing situational picture.


At the successful completion of Lesson 5, students should be able to:

  • identify the roles that GIS can play in disaster response;
  • discuss some of the issues that GIS must overcome in response situations with your colleagues;
  • make progress toward your first draft of your term project;
  • review and discuss the emerging technology associated with Gamification and how it impacts GIS for emergency management.


If you have questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them in the Lesson 5 Questions and Comments Discussion in Canvas.