China Decides it Needs Maps Fast after Disaster and other Government GIS News
China has established a national emergency geospatial data system to provide first-responders with detailed maps within two hours after a disaster, a senior official said.At the Chengdu Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management in the capital of Sichuan province on Tuesday, government leaders and prominent geologists and land surveyors discussed how any effective disaster response starts with a map.
The Dutch elm disease destroyed that “cathedral,” but the Greenfield Tree Committee, with assistance from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, is hoping to restore the tree canopy, with a wider variety of trees, for downtown streets and neighborhoods.
With a $7,500 HUD Sustainable Communities grant, FRCOG Land-Use Planner Mary Praus is completing a “tree inventory” that will support both the town’s “green” infrastructure and its beautification plans.
Praus says she is now mapping street trees from Main to Silver Street, and between Elm and High streets. Each tree is being identified by its GIS (Geographic Information System) coordinates, so that the tree locations can be overlaid on aerial maps, streets and utilities, and will help the town’s Department of Public Works keep track of priority areas for tree-planting and maintenance.
San Francisco has partnered with Google.org for an emergency response map that primed for whatever may come to the city. Per the site it's brought to you by "Francisco Department of Emergency Management, in partnership with the people of San Francisco. sfdem.org." It features Twitter feeds and official information.
In the event of future emergencies that may strike San Francisco, the city plans to launch a new online crisis map with real-time displays of affected areas so residents can respond appropriately.
The map, dubbed Crisis Mode, is currently running live in conjunction with SF72 – a new open source digital platform that provides online resources and updates for emergency preparedness – and was developed by Google.org, the search engine's charitable arm. In the event of a city emergency, the crisis map becomes the home page of SF72.