Link: NHC Views on Storm Surge Scales Released September 10, 2010
There are scales for tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural hazards. In the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, there were numerous calls for the National Hurricane Center to add back in a storm surge scale into the hurricane scale. In an August 31st article from the New York Times, “Climatologists like Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have said that any classification should include both wind speed and surge. Otherwise, he argues, coastal residents can be easily misled.”
I love how maps can be used to tell a story. This fact just became easier with a recent addition to ESRI’s ArcGIS Online tools. When you create a web map in ArcGIS Online, you can make it into a web application using a number of templates. One of the most recent additions is the Tabbed Storytelling template. There are still a few bugs that need to be worked out (like customizing the “Add Title Here” area), but all in all, it’s a great addition to the templates used by ArcGIS Online. It took me 45 minutes to an hour to put together the map at the following link.
What’s even more amazing about this is that you can create separate maps that can paint different parts of the puzzle, but it allows you as a user or your customers to view the comparison between the maps. This is great because it allows individuals to make the logical connections between the maps which ends up in having more people ask additional questions. These questions drive curiosity but they also tend to stick in people’s minds. Continue reading →
When we think of mapping using GIS for disasters and emergencies, we think of tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and the like. When we think of education, we often think of the same old off-the-shelf material from a book that we just take and share thinking we’re teaching. However in both cases, we miss out on one of the joys of education. Applying knowledge from one discipline or area to other areas of life…
Many of my followers on Twitter (Follow @emgis on Twitter) and this blog know of the CDC’s preparedness campaign from earlier this year on Zombie Preparedness – “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse“. However most people who are familiar with the preparedness campaign are from the Social Media for Emergency Management (#SMEM hashtag on Twitter) community. Most of them are not GIS people and haven’t seen how Geographic Information Systems (#GIS hashtag on Twitter) can improve our preparedness for Zombies (and for other disasters…) Additionally, the Connected Principals Chat community (#cpchat hashtag on Twitter) could benefit from this post because it provides another way to engage students and parents on a number of levels. You may not use zombies for important information to share, but please take a look at these examples and think of how you can apply this to your discipline and the content that you find important to share with others.
When it comes to earthquakes and being aware / ready for major earthquakes, you might think of the San Andreas Fault, or places like Japan, Chile, China, Mexico or Indonesia.
However in the past year, there have been two extremely significant earthquakes in the United States that were “outliers” from previous events. Both of these were felt over large areas and measured above 5.5 on the Richter Scale.
When looking at mapping for disasters, one of the last places you would expect me to go topic wise is to look at Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for K-12.
There are four phases of emergency management – mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. As emergency managers we often think of schools as a place to encourage preparedness – knowing what to do when disaster strikes. But schools have so much more to offer us and there are some things we have to offer them as well. Continue reading →