New Maps from Department of Interior Provide Wealth of Risk Data

According to an article by the Sierra Sun Times, a set of new online maps have been released to provide the latest data on earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, wildfires, and more.

The maps are provided by the Interior Geospatial Emergency Management System (IGEMS), whose goal is “to provide the public with both an overview and more specific information on current natural hazard events.” IGEMS is supported by the Department of the Interior Office of Emergency Management.

“Awareness of natural hazards – whether from geological threats such as earthquakes and volcanoes or from severe weather – help us to make prudent decisions on how much we should invest in preparedness and planning for such events,” Laurence Broun, IGEMS’ Director of Emergency Management told the Sierra Sun Times.

“Our Interior Operations Center and other government facilities have immediate access to natural hazard information. Using the power of the internet, it is now possible for us to share a picture of current natural hazards with the public, integrating our own data with that of other government agencies,” said Broun.

According to the article, the new maps provide the latest available information about earthquakes, earthquake shakemaps, streamflow data and floods, volcanoes, wildfires and information about severe weather hazards.

Jerry Johnston, IGEMS’ Chief Geospatial Officer, also spoke to the Sierra Sun Times.

“The emergency management and preparedness communities have a long history of collaboration in developing and sharing critical data and maps, which enables us to work together to protect property and lives,” said Johnston.

“With the advancement of web mapping technology, the public expects to also be able to quickly and easily access this information, and IGEMS is a great tool that allows everyone to share this common view.”

 

For a direct link to the maps, click here: http://igems.doi.gov/
For the original article and more information, click here: http://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/mariposa-daily-news-2014/169-january/11846-new-department-of-the-interior-website-offers-latest-available-information-on-earthquakes-streamflow-data-floods-volcanoes-wildfires-and-information-on-severe-weather-hazards