ESRI offers this same approach for four other disaster types:
In contrast, Google's Crisis Map comes in two basic forms. As shown in the wildfire example below, Google provides a dedicated view for any active disaster. In addition, they incorporate other potential ongoing threats into one map. Links for both are provided below the wildfire graphic.
Comment: Three points:
- Kudos to ESRI and Google for contributing to the common good by making these products available to the public.
- Although both approaches have their pluses and minuses - the tie breaker goes to the 1st company that makes U.S. National Grid (USNG) a selectable feature. Given ESRI's past work with USNG, I would expect them to get there first.
- Emergency Managers - are you thinking about maps as a way to communicate with the public?
Thanks to Fire Geek for a reminder that lead to this post.
Lead graphic credit: http://www.timetrips.co.uk