GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management

Lesson 6 Overview

Snapshot of an interactive map made by USAToday to reveal the long-term efforts necessary for New Jersey to recover from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

This week, we will focus on what GIS can support in the final phase of emergency management - recovery. After response efforts have ended, recovery efforts can begin in earnest. GIS can be used to plan near-term infrastructure repairs and to identify candidate organizations and communities to receive long-term aid and assistance through grants and infrastructure projects. Recovery projects frequently involve close interaction with disaster victims who want to rebuild and return to 'life as usual." This poses challenges and opportunities for GIS practicioners and those who consume information from GIS analyses. We will discuss these topics and others throughout this lesson.


At the successful completion of Lesson 6, students should be able to:

  • explain and compare multiple ways in which GIS can be applied to disaster recovery efforts;
  • identify strengths and weaknesses in current GIS-based approaches to disaster recovery;
  • complete the first full draft of your term project;
  • describe and discuss non-expert systems and how they may impact future GIS systems for emergency management.


If you have questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them to the Lesson 6 Questions and Comments Discussion in Canvas.