Emergency Management Reference Map

Data Included

I have included all of the point data, the EMS dispatching centers, fire stations, medical centers, and police facilities are all items that should be on an emergency management reference map.  I included schools because they are often used as staging areas, relief centers, and temporary shelters in emergencies.  The location of jails may be relevant if outside law enforcement agencies are called in for assistance.  Looking at the data attributes, some of the facilities appear to be administrative sites, which might not be needed on the map, however, the location of these facilities might need to be shown since they may have an administrative use or parts may be occupied by outside agencies during an emergency.  The line data included a street, stream, and railroad file.  I used all of these, but used queries so that only interstates, major roads, and active railways would display to reduce clutter.  I used the airport, county, and flood plain polygons, but did not use the forestry polygon.



The point data was symbolized using standard mimetic symbols in ArcView.  The stream, railroads, interstates, and major roads are also symbolized using ArcView standards.  The polygons are outlines with no fill except the floodplain where I used a light grey so that it could be recognized without adding unnecessary clutter to the map.



At this point I have labeled all of the point line and polygon features that needed labels using ArcView’s auto-labeling capabilities.  Significant editing of the label locations and styles is still required.



Although not called for at this stage of the lesson, I did include a basic legend, north arrow, scale bar, and date (my pet peeve, all maps should be dated).  I expect to improve them in the next lesson.

Proposal Review - Matthew Jermine