GIS Support Team for Natural Disasters

The GSA Coastal Resources Section provides Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) with GIS support of strategic disaster recovery initiative.

Information required for efficient response in emergency situations is most effective when displayed spatially on appropriate geographic basemaps.  GIS technology allows critical data to be centralized, accessed, and visually displayed with minimal delay.  By using GIS, all AEMA departments and response teams can share information through databases to computer-generated maps that can be remotely acquired.

The GIS platform provides critical information to emergency responders and government officials, which, in times of crisis, can translate into lives saved.  When activated, the GSA currently provides support to the AEMA Emergency Operation Center by providing online and hardcopy visualizations of digital data on demand.  Examples of these are provided below.