The caption under this story's lead photo says it all:
For Orange County, Fla., CIO Rafael Mena, who has more experience responding to hurricanes than many, he learned not to underestimate the importance of GIS -- a tool that helps officials see what’s happening even if they’re confined to an emergency operations center.For more, see the link below:
(Government Technology, August 29, 2014)
Comment: This is a great article that drives home the point disaster preparedness requires a unique way of thinking about things. Three key take aways:
- When a disaster hits, its too late to "get prepared".
- Relationships you develop before a disaster are crucial to successfully managing the unexpected events that make a disaster, a disaster.
- Have a plan for ramping up operations using outside assets.