Agency’s GIS Tool Improved Collaboration and Helped Speed Wildfire Response
REDLANDS, Calif.—October 20, 2023—The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has announced the winners of its 2023 Recognition Awards. Among the 31 finalists across 10 categories, the California Health and Human Services’ (CalHHS) Center for Data Insights and Innovation won in the Data Management, Analytics & Visualization category. The agency developed the All-Hazards Dashboard, a cloud tool that visualizes facilities, identifies priorities during emergencies, and helps handle the logistics of moving people and equipment to better keep residents safe. Using Esri’s ArcGIS Online software, CalHHS was able to build a decision-making tool combining the agency’s data into a single, integrated system.
With the largest population of any US state, varied geography, and hazards unlike any other, from flooding and wildfires to earthquakes, California decision-makers needed a comprehensive picture of community impacts to provide faster emergency response. Until recently, CalHHS used manual processes to identify facilities in the path of hazards and safely move residents to alternate sites.
The All-Hazard Dashboard enabled the agency to deliver improved response during the 2020-2022 fire seasons and 2022-23 floods. This included visualizations of assets and resources like shelters and equipment, as well as facilitating more efficient communication.
Over 80 NASCIO members served as volunteer judges to review the nearly 100 submissions for the awards, narrowing nominees down to three finalists in each category (with exceptions for ties). From these finalists, one recipient was awarded from each category. The award nominations showcase how municipal organizations use information technology to address critical business problems, improve processes, and create new opportunities that improve the lives of citizens and connect them to their governments.
To learn more about how Esri technology is used by government agencies for emergency response during disasters, visit https://www.esri.com/en-us/disaster-response/overview.
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