Tuesday, October 23, 2007

California Wildfires

What can we learn from California in the use of technology and egov with respect to disaster response and the California wildfires. Over 400,000 people have been evacuated so it is an event of significant magnitude.

There are many different sites attempting to provide government service with respect to controlling and responding to the fires and providing appropriate public information.

The state has created this map that identifies specific information about the fire, including locations, area and extent, response centers, closures, etc.

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Fire disaster assistance information is available as a PDF, not the most dynamic way to present the information, but it does includes forms to use and contacts so that affected parties can print it and take it with them when making calls and collecting information. Information is consolidated from various sources; FEMA, the California Insurance Dept., and insurance companies to make it easier to use as a singly compilation of information.

Activity reports are fairly current. I would have preferred that this information be available as an RSS feed so it can be subscribed to by your desktop or mobile device.

More information is available at www.calfires.com.

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