Public Safety

Creating Common Disaster Information Products for a Zombie Infestation

Earlier this year, the Esri Disaster Response Program team presented a live training seminar on our lessons learned from past events.  During this presentation, we covered the top ten information products that we often make when supporting our users.  Those top ten information products are as follows: 

  1. Public Information Map
  2. Impact Summary Map
  3. Story Map Tour
  4. Pre and Post Event Imagery displayed in a Swipe Map
  5. Mobile Data Collection
  6. Planning Maps
  7. Situational Awareness
  8. Information Sharing
  9. Briefing Presentation
  10. Story Map Journal

In a capacity building effort to continue on this theme, we led a workshop during the 2015 International User Conference where we conducted a simulation to exercise creating these information products.  We picked a Zombie Infestation scenario in San Diego.  Participants broke up in to groups, created some of our common information products, and then presented their work back to the group.  In this blog post, we will recap some of the work, provide links to the examples, and share some of the resources that the participants used in the simulation.

A Zombie Infestation scenario was chosen to keep the scenario light.  This also resulted in participants being more creative than they normally would under normal conditions or scenarios.  A perimeter of the infestation was created on a day to day basis.  This perimeter, or polygon, was picked and used just like the perimeter of other disasters – fire, flood, plume, etc.

A common ArcGIS Online for Organizations site was used for the exercise.  All participants had access.

We kept things simple and only set up a couple of focused groups to start to share information.  These are the typical groups that we set up when we help folks get going with ArcGIS Online for Disaster Response.

Participants split up into teams to create some of the common information products.  They used the User Guides that are available from the Disaster Response Program in the Resources and Templates group.

Public Information Map:

Impact Summary Map:

Story Map Tour:

Story Map Journal:

The participants then presented their work back to the group.  In a about an hour, participants had put together 4 information products using the resource provided.

We also gave a similar workshop at the NAPSG National Geospatial Preparedness Summit (NGPS) with a Zombie Infestation in DC and had similar results.

There was great interest in these materials so we wanted to share them with you.

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