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Preparedness Technology Resources for the Total Solar Eclipse

by Matt Cronin on Aug 16, 2017 4:08:58 PM
 

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On August 21, 2017, 14 U.S. States situated from the northwest to the southeast will experience an influx of visitors who are seeking to view the solar eclipse along the path of totality.

For most of the population, this is an exciting educational opportunity, but for emergency managers, this means a sharp increase in road traffic, which may change with the weather, a potential strain on infrastructure and resources due to possible disturbances related to Airbnb rentals that spiked over 300 percent in many areas and a possible increase in hospital visits due to eye damage.

State and local agencies are preparing for all possible safety impacts with emergency management technology such as WebEOC and ArcGIS. The technology allows them to visualize not only crisis information but also eclipse impacts such as the ones below. These maps are going to help emergency managers share information with the public, plan for special events, enhance multi-jurisdictional communication and view live traffic.

If you use the WebEOC Maps Add-on, the following data layers from ESRI’s ArcGIS can be configured for use with your WebEOC Maps Add-on. Including these layers will allow you and your agency to better prepare.

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Additionally, Esri has created a series of related map services and recently hosted a webinar on eclipse planning.

Since 12.55 million people live inside the path of totality and an estimated 1.85 to 7.4 million people will visit the path of totality on eclipse day, it is important that emergency managers are prepared and have the right tools to support response to this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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This post was written by Matt Cronin

Matt Cronin is the product manager for WebEOC. He has eight years of experience in emergency management. Prior to joining Intermedix, Cronin held the position as administration and finance manager at Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management. Cronin earned his bachelor's degree in public management from Florida Atlantic University and holds a master's certification with a concentration in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.

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