Crisis Decision System: Using GIS technology to overlay the Virtual Surge Depot
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Making good leadership decisions ahead of and during crisis can profoundly affect community and business recovery. Good instincts are not sufficient when response requires identification, location and deployment of community staging areas, assets and volunteers. Knowing where assets are located, mapping their transit, and pairing specific volunteers with their delivery are key to augmenting the public sector response. Elected leaders, as well as community sector leaders, need access to a catalog of community assets (see Virtual Surge Depot), and to tools that help them locate these assets and anticipate the surge demand for them.
ESRI is a market leader in providing GIS mapping software to local governments, which is used by EMS managers to help map and locate community facilities and routes. This same technology can be used to overlay the catalog of community assets (see Virtual Surge Depot) so that type, location, movement, quantity and function can be graphically displayed on the fly, in relationship to other criteria or as a function of time or surge need.
Having this capability visually available on one network accessible to not only EMS managers, but to political and community leadership gives the community a real-time decision making tool for both crisis management and cross-sector training.
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