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Understanding systemic risk and vulnerabilities

Creating safer, more resilient communities requires a modern approach to understanding the complex threats, hazards, and community vulnerabilities that are more systemic than ever before. Agencies around the world rely on GIS every day to conduct risk assessments, plan mitigation projects and adaptation strategies, and coordinate response and recovery efforts. With emergency management solutions from Esri, you'll know exactly where to deploy your resources in a more equitable way to change the outcome for those you serve. When an incident happens, Esri helps you manage the response with dashboards that provide real-time situational awareness, engagement tools to securely collaborate with your partners and the public, and mobile solutions to conduct damage assessments and debris removal. Understand risk, build resilience, and anticipate your next move with location intelligence.


The frequency and intensity of threats and hazards, and the growing inequities in communities, are unlike anything seen before. Historic data alone won't shed light on how to prepare and build resilience for future events. To effectively plan, mitigate, and reduce risks, emergency management professionals must address the underlying vulnerabilities to change the outcomes.  GIS combines layers of data on critical infrastructure, natural hazards, and man-made threats, and on the community’s demographics and social inequities to help you locate exactly where to invest your resources to change the outcomes. Data-driven insights help communities effectively prepare for worst-case scenarios and build programs that address the underlying vulnerabilities that lead to disaster. Explore emergency management tools for visualizing and analyzing risk, performing real-time analytics, managing mitigation projects, and engaging with the public.


In today's world, emergency management professionals are being called upon more than ever to lead us forward in all types of crises. With multiple complex emergencies and cascading consequences stretching our limited resources, becoming more agile and informed at all points during response is key. With real-time dashboards for situational awareness, the ability to share information and context using maps and apps, and tools that allow you to quickly adjust your response based on rapidly changing conditions, you’ll be able to maximize your team’s impact and reduce the time needed to respond to whatever comes next. Explore tools for robust situational awareness, rapid impact analysis, deploying resources, and communicating with the public.


Reestablishing community lifelines and getting a community back on its feet requires both quick action and sustained coordination. Quickly assessing damage, opening roadways, and removing debris using mobile GIS tools that build your reporting database is essential to ensure short-term recovery funds are captured. Long term, understanding where to place community resources to reach those with the greatest need, engaging the community to capture where ongoing priorities are located, and communicating how the recovery is progressing are essential to restoring normalcy. Explore tools for better documentation and management of debris removal, distribution of resources, and transparent recovery monitoring.

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Maintain Situational Awareness and Connect Communities During Disasters Using ArcGIS

Discover the power of ArcGIS to manage emergencies and the flow of public information.

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