Wednesday, April 18 • 9:40am - 10:10am
Leveraging GIS to Assist with Emergency Evacuations

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Residential evacuations during wildland fire incidents are becoming a common practice with the increased number of homes built in the Wildland Urban Interface. Evacuations must be done, door-to-door, to account for people who intend or refuse to leave. Considerations must also be given to people with pets, livestock or those with functional and access needs.

Emergency responders conducting evacuation surveys often rely on traditional paper questionnaires and forms. Information from these surveys is difficult to compile in a timely fashion. This can result in a delay of critical information being transferred to incident command and negatively impact the common operating picture of an incident.

This presentation will demonstrate a new digital evacuation survey tool which eliminates these problems. The tool leverages ESRI’s Survey 123 and Operations Dashboard to collect and deliver real time evacuation data to Incident Command who can then make informed decisions to better protect life and property.


Tom Kohley

Tom Kohley is the Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator and Fire Warden for Carbon County. He is also a volunteer member of Red Lodge Fire Rescue and the CAT incident management team. He is qualified as Engine Boss, PIO, FOBS and GISS under the National Wildfire Coordinating... Read More →

Wednesday April 18, 2018 9:40am - 10:10am
Clark Room