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Wednesday, October 19 • 9:15am - 9:45am
Technical Session. Providing Situational Awareness During Public Health Emergencies Using Complimentary Paper Map and Web Mapping Resources

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AUTHORS: Presenters: Peter Young, MA, GISP and Emma Gause, BA - Vermont Department of Health

ABSTRACT: During an emergency, geographically diverse partners must collaborate to execute a unified response. Establishing common ground is essential for maintaining clear communication and is an integral piece of standard “Incident Command System” emergency response procedures. In past public health emergency situations, GIS wall maps of each of Vermont’s 12 health districts have been available to assist with coordinating situational awareness between the Health Operations Center (HOC) at the Vermont Department of Health Central Office and the local health district offices. In 2015, a new series of paper wall maps was developed to include improvements such as map collars for quick reference and standard map scales for use with measurement protractors. In 2016, a matching web map was created to provide the same map data content to a wider audience. The new VDH emergency response web map is highly interactive and includes a geocoding tool for quickly zooming to map collar coordinates (eg. E4) as well as to street addresses or lat/long coordinates. This NEARC conference session will provide recommendations and advice to other organizations that might be working to produce similar situational awareness paper map and web mapping resources.


Wednesday October 19, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am
Nauset IV

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