Let us look at how emergency response teams can optimize management of disasters using Google Maps. On a familiar Google Maps platform, layers of customized data are placed to assist the population in times of crisis. Here’s how it works:
- Real-time update of emergency imagery. For example in case of floods/tsunamis, it can be used to mark areas completely inaccessible.
- Evacuation area can be located on the map to help in the quick recovery of people stuck in water or rubble. This is used for team members to co-ordinate the process amongst themselves.
- If shelters have been planned in advance, they can be marked on the map, along with instantaneous update of its occupancy. Recovery vehicles can analyze the closest shelters with ample capacity to house the survivors.
- The recovery buses can be integrated with the application to show their real-time location and capacity on the map. Response teams can communicate with them to ask for pickup and delivery of affected people.
- Since an entire area is affected by the crisis, not all routes will be safe. Users of the application can mark a road to be dangerous and accordingly recovery buses will reroute to their destinations.
Emergency management using Google Maps has the following key features:
- Helps in quickly making smart decisions. Time is not wasted in reporting and analysis.
- Real time tracking of vehicles and shelters for co-ordination among team members.
- Optimization of resources to be allocated for relief. Based on density and proximity of shelters.
Lepton Software provides Google Maps API for Emergency Management. Safety and security of people is of utmost importance to governments and this is one of the few ways to increase the effectiveness of the recovery process to save maximum number of lives. You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to know more.