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New mapping system to help Australian SES manage floods

Australia: Gosford State Emergency Service (SES) unit, New South Wales, is gearing up to use a new mapping system by the end of the year which will give vital help in managing floodwater. “The system would allow volunteers on the ground to instantly share critical information and would also allow residents to input vital information. We have not been given a time frame but hopefully we will have the system up and running by the end of the year. This mapping system will allow us to update information on site as the flooding is occurring which will be invaluable in planning mitigation strategies,” said Werner Klumpp, Deputy Controller.

“Residents will also be able to input valuable information via social media.Backed with GIS technology from mapping specialists Esri Australia, the system will allow volunteers to log in ­remotely from regional command centres or the field with mobile devices,” added Klumpp.

Source: Daily Telegraph