Geographic Information System (GIS)

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an information system that stores, analyzes, and displays geographic data. To learn more about GIS and how it can be used, please visit Esri’s website.

The GIS is used to maintain situational awareness and a common operating picture during an emergency, as well as serving many important disaster preparedness functions, including helping keep an up-to-date database of outdoor warning sirens to allow for the effective placement of new sirens in Franklin County.

GIS is also used to map evacuation routes in case of emergencies, and to create damage assessment maps used to support disaster recovery efforts. The technology has been put to use to improve emergency preparedness in Central Ohio – GIS data was used to assist the Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Board of Health with the Cities Readiness Initiative, a federally funded program.

GIS for Emergency Management White Paper

FEMA Enterprise GIS

FEMA Independent Study Course

FEMA Mapping Information Platform