Katrina- Lessons Learned and How GIS Can Do It Better, Now
Track: Emergency Management
Authors: James Mitchell
The role of GIS in Hurricane Katrina, remainss largely untold. It was essential in the Louisiana Emergency Evacuation Plan; that moved 1.4 million people; the largest evacuation of a metropolitan area, in history. Maps and analyses helped in the response, with search and rescue, finding flooded road, and moving personnel. Afterward, it was critical in damage assessment and recovery plans.
Today’s GIS solves challenges of collecting and sharing data across many levels of responders.