San Antonio, USA, October 02, 2007: WeatherBug, provider of live, local weather information, announced that the City of San Antonio has recently implemented WeatherBug Professional’s GIS Data Services at its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). WeatherBug’s GIS Data Services offer numerous weather components to help keep the residents of San Antonio safe and better prepared.
Using WeatherBug’s GIS services, delivered as an ESRI Web service, personnel at the City of San Antonio EOC will be able to monitor and track live weather conditions as they impact local communities of approximately 1.5 million residents across the entire city and surrounding metropolitan area in Bexar County. WeatherBug’s GIS Data Services will also enable them to pinpoint severe weather events at their exact location and ensure local emergency response teams outside of the EOC all have the same information.
“Using WeatherBug’s GIS Data Services, we can get a better idea of what’s happening in the surrounding areas, giving us time to plan and coordinate emergency response,” said Chris Stokes, GIS Manager, San Antonio Office of Emergency Management. “WeatherBug helps us determine the precise areas of the city that would be impacted the most by severe weather and the population and facilities directly affected. This tool has also provided our staff with a great common operating picture during the recent Tropical Storm Erin and Hurricane Dean by providing detailed projected storm tracks, which ultimately determine actions taken by our local city officials.”
Specific components of WeatherBug’s GIS Data Services include:
“WeatherBug’s GIS Data Services, with live local information exclusively from WeatherBug, offers a value-added service to our enterprise and government customers,” said Jan Dutton, director of WeatherBug Professional. “Weather is a vital element in emergency management. Using our GIS platform, the City of San Antonio and its local communities will be able to coordinate emergency management efforts and stay safe during severe weather.”