Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District: Comprehensive GIS Data in Disaster Recovery

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

The Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District leveraged a variety of funding sources to develop a database using Comprehensive GIS Data in Disaster Recovery. The database contains locations of employers, public water and wastewater utilities, and other critical infrastructure. This data can be compared to tornado track data, or other geographic disaster information, to quickly estimate the likely number of impacted businesses and the number of employees affected by a disaster. It provides a valuable documentation of pre-disaster conditions and will be useful for affected communities seeking to repair or replace infrastructure. Other benefits include public awareness of pre-disaster mitigation activities, development of hazard mitigation plans, and improved economic resiliency of the region.

David Stowers, Special Projects Coordinator: [email protected]
Renee Dycus, Executive Director: [email protected]

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