Wednesday, April 18 • 11:00am - 11:30am
EnviroMaster - STEM Solution for Emergency Services

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Our community lacks interactive communication capabilities when faced with extreme weather events, which became more evident in the summer of 2017 when Montana experienced more than 2,000 wildfires that burned about 1.3 million acres. A wildfire near our community burned nearly 300,000 acres destroying 16 homes and additional structures. Residents reached out on Facebook to call for assistance or offer assistance with fighting fires, clearing roads, providing food, finding lost livestock, donating hay etc. We are designing an app that allows people to report incidents, but with more reliability in terms of reaching everyone rather than just their friends on Facebook. This method of organizing and coordinating relief efforts and information about our private and public lands could help prevent catastrophic incidents. In order to address this problem, we are working with our county Emergency Services department, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forrest Service, and Esri. Our Emergency Services director received a letter on January 5th from national and international emergency services stating that they are encouraging the establishment and implementation of a device-based geo-targeting wireless emergency alert system to meet the nation’s evolving emergency needs no later than May of 2019. We now realize that what we are designing for our community could have global implications. We are using Survey 123 and Web AppBuilder from ArcGIS to design an app that will allow citizens to easily report incidents and communicate information about needs and relief efforts. Our survey includes location information by allowing people to upload georeferenced pictures and videos or to pinpoint a location on a map. It also has advanced logic questions including drop down menus, conditional questions and required questions. The data collected will be viewable in graph or map form as we can monitor it in real time.


Susan Flentie

Suzie Flentie 8th grade science teacher and GIS club sponsor at Lewistown Junior High School. I have taught in Lewistown for 38 years. I started a GIS club 15 years ago to give interested 8th graders some experience with GIS technologies. I was a participant in the Esri T3G training... Read More →

Katherine Spraggins

8th grade math teacher and Mathcounts team sponsor at Lewistown Junior High School.

Wednesday April 18, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Clark Room