US: Emergency responders at the Travis Air Force Base in California are using a GIS-based Emergency Response Tool (ERT) to improve their response time. The tool offers a specialised map view to help senior officials make critical decisions during an emergency.
The ERT is used on Air Mobility Command”s geospatial programme called AMC.maps. It offers a map view which helps the Disaster Response Force to plot cordons, colour code dangerous areas affected by an emergency, and develop safe routes for base personnel response or escape. Once the image is approved by the incident commander, the map can be published so all responders can see the same response plan. The resultant image is continuously refreshed online so all responders have a near real-time view of the incident.