Live Web Maps Need To Be Part of Disaster Planning

Today, the Honolulu City Council and Enterprise Honolulu are holding a conference called “Oahu Disaster Aftermath – Building Our Resilience and Planning Our Recovery” to “identify the organization connections and individual partnerships that must be established before disaster strikes” and to determine the next steps “to achieve the goal of a comprehensive recovery plan."

I work with maps all the time. There was a time when the best map we could share during a disaster was a large poster size map in the briefing room that the press could take pictures of and share with the public. Technology now allows us to do better. Current web mapping technology allows live web maps to be updated during and after an event so that critical information can be shared with the public via any web-connected device.

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