At the Esri User Conference 2013 which recently concluded in San Diego, California, attendees had the opportunity to hear from variety of well-placed individuals about the power of GIS for disaster response. A leading advocate on this topic was Brigadier General John Heltzel of the Kentucky National Guard. As Director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management during a series of significant natural disasters that hit the state over the past several years, BG Heltzel has been able to witness first-hand the unmistakable value GIS brings to a response. Others contributing their personal experiences to the discussion included business executives and industry experts. More below:
(xconomy, July 15, 2013)
Comment: Little doubt Esri is an exceptionally well run company that has a near monopoly in the desktop GIS world. Last year the company cleared $912 million. So the fact a company like Esri is helping promote the use of GIS for disaster response goes a long way toward helping the cause. Thanks!