Emergency Management Reference Map

EMS Ref 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 some of the offices may be used by outside agencies during an emergency.  The line data included a street, stream, and railroad file.  I used all of these, but used queries on the street file so that only interstates and major roads 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.  Color and symbolization schemes were used to make it easier to identify different types and subcategories of the facilities.  The stream, railroads, interstates, and major roads are also symbolized using ArcView standards.  Active and abandoned railway locations were shown since railways may be used for relief supplies and abandoned railway lines are also a good landmark visible from the air.  The County and township polygons were shown with the ArcView standard for township borders with the Bellefonte Borough shown in darker color to highlight it in the overall and inset maps.  The floodplain polygon was symbolized using a light grey so that it could be recognized without adding unnecessary clutter to the map.



Dynamic automatic labeling was initially used to create the labels for the features.  The colors for the interstate and stream labels matched their symbols to help prevent confusion between adjacent features.  Manual adjustments to the labels were made to minimize conflicts with features.  Halos were used to highlight area lables and increase readibility when conflicts between labels and features could not be avoided.



The overview map is shown at a scale of 1:50,000.  A legend, north arrow, scale bars, title, and date were shown on the map.  An inset map at 1:20,000 scale of the Bellefonte Borough was also added to the map to better show the many features of interest in this borough.

Capstone Project Final Proposal