New Fire Station Wall Maps Created

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
 

With the recent decision to join the RED Center, Regional Emergency Dispatch Center, the Des Plaines Fire Department has had to make several changes in order to fit in

Expect the best when planning for the worst: Emergency Management in the GIS Consortium

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
​One of the core beliefs at MGP is to actively improve upon the past. But how do we make improvements to a process when its very nature is unpredictable? Such is the challenge with emergency response planning, as no two incidents are the same and ...

GIS Assists with Fire Department Dispatch Transition

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
 In September of 2013 the Des Plaines City Council approved allowing the Fire Department to switch dispatch services from the Des Plaines Emergency Communication Center (DPECC) to Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) Center.  RED Center is a consortium of 14 area fire departments, located ...

Fire Incident Live Mapping Using Business Intelligence

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
In the past, the Elk Grove Village Fire Department has only been able to view its Fire Incident data in a map view, using the Firehouse software application. GIS has successfully connected directly to Firehouse data to create a live mapping view of Fire Incidents ...

GIS Supports Deerfield-Riverwoods Dispatch Consolidation

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​In early October 2013, the Village of Deerfield, IL began providing emergency dispatch to the neighboring Village of Riverwoods. Citing Deerfield’s state-of-the-art communications center, well-trained Dispatch staff and proximity to Riverwoods, the two communities reached an agreement that Deerfield would be Riverwoods’s dispatch provider in ...

GIS Assists in Updating Reverse 911 Data

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The Village of Tinley Park, IL uses a public safety communications system known as Reverse 911. This critical administrative tool is used to communicate important or time sensitive information to groups of people in a defined geographic area. The system uses a database of telephone ...

GIS Assists First Responders in Mutual Aid Calls for Service

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​During a local emergency response call, for something such as a fire or EMS emergency, a responding local government community may call upon the resources and emergency equipment of its neighboring communities to assist. The most common call for service usually comes in the role ...

Creating a Regional Interstate Map for Public Safety

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​Lake Forest Public Safety recently requested that GIS develop a regional map displaying key locations around interstates 94 and 294. The map displays interstate mile markers and crossover locations. Surrounding Hospital and Fire Station locations are also illustrated and labeled on the map. This map ...

Flood disaster response

Monday, November 18, 2013
​Over the past few months the Village of Skokie’s Fire and Police Departments had been preparing for a full-scale flood disaster exercise. This exercise saw the activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Skokie Police Department and a number of scenarios that personnel ...

Emergency Event Tool is activated in Business Intelligence

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Village of Winnetka has been hard at work developing and fine-tuning its Emergency Event Tool for emergencies as flooding, tornadoes, blizzards and more. This tool was brought to the test on April 18th, 2013 after a major flooding event in the Chicagoland area. Winnetka ...

Using MapOffice Custom Overlays to Display Site Information for Fire First Responders

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Lake Forest Fire Department has recently collaborated with GIS to develop a MapOffice Custom Overlay for first responders. The overlay displays device locations and building information for First Responders to reference in the event of an emergency. Information available in the overlay includes Knox ...

Mappings hazards for water rescue response

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
​Despite having state-of-the-art GIS technology at its fingertips, the Village of Glencoe still faces situations where access to electronic data is limited. One example of this is when emergency response personnel are involved in water rescues at Skokie Lagoons or the shores of Lake Michigan. ...

GIS in support of emergency dispatch

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
​The City of Highland Park uses the New Application to dispatch Fire and Police units to reported incidents. From the addresses used to accurately respond to incidents to the background layers used in the map, New World relies heavily on GIS information. Without accurate GIS ...

ComEd Disaster Exercise

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
​In the wake of last year’s power outages, the Village of Skokie has been working with ComEd to solidify the communication during outage events. On June 21, 2012 the Village, ComEd and other surrounding communities participated in disaster exercise aimed at testing the communication and ...

Glencoe plans for the unexpected using GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​As a part of its disaster preparedness process, the Village of Glencoe has been working with GIS to build a repository of maps to meet a variety of needs. One of the recent projects was the creation of an evacuation route map to distribute to ...

Police Department Leverages In-House Address Data to Save Money and Improve Accuracy

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​One of the many benefits to investing in a quality GIS program is the ability to repurpose that data to support other in-house computer applications. One example of this comes from the Lincolnshire Police Department, which uses the Village’s GIS address database in its dispatching ...

Oak Brook Center addressing project

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​OakBrook Center is a large outdoor mall located in the northern part of Oak Brook. It is a very popular shopping destination throughout the greater Chicago land area and contains almost 150 unique addresses. Because of the high amount of activity and visitors to this ...

4th of July Fireworks planning

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Village of Winnetka, IL hosts numerous special events throughout the year, including a fireworks display during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. These types of events require the involvement and coordination of several village departments, including Public Works and the Police Department, and, often, ...

June 21st Storm Event Cleanup

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​During an emergency event, the extent of the area affected and the number of issues occurring as a result of the event are just some of the factors that need to be processed, organized, and reviewed by local government staff to determine the most appropriate ...

Crime analysis with GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​It often seems that when crimes happen we seem to hear about them on the news. On the contrary, many crimes are reported that don’t attract high media attention. Which ever happens, it is extremely important that the Police Department is aware of the crime ...

Special event the Festival of Cultures

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​​The Skokie Park District in conjunction with the Village of Skokie hosts the Festival of Cultures. Over the years, it has become a premier ethnic festival in Illinois celebrating the food, music, and sports that define cultures throughout the world. This year will be the ...

Responding to non addressed locations

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Village of Oak Brook’s fire department keeps a comprehensive map of the village which incorporates all features they deem necessary for fire emergency response and planning. Included in this map are things such as fire hydrants, high pressure gas lines, highway mile markers, and ...

GIS supporting the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The Village of Skokie’s state of the art Police Department houses the Village’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This center is utilized as a meeting destination for decision makers during an emergency event. The EOC is supported by generators during power outages and serve as a ...

GIS used for fireworks safety planning

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The Village of Oak Brook’s community development department handles a variety of matters, one of which includes permitting for pyrotechnics. For this particular project, community development had a resident come in and request a permit for a private fireworks display on his property. In order ...

Emergency Planning: School evacuations

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Emergency planning is a part of life. You have probably prepared for emergencies and not even realized it. It could be stocking up on extra pantry items before a blizzard or filling out an emergency contact form at your place of employment or child’s school. ...

New mile marker update

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Public safety response is often not limited to the boundaries of a municipality and can include providing assistance to neighboring communities or direct response to unincorporated properties. This response can also extend to interstate systems that border a municipality, as is the case with the ...

Interactive event mapping

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​During an emergency event, knowing how a community is being impacted as a whole can be just as important as responding to an individual emergency call. Having an overall view of the event can provide emergency response personnel with a better idea of how wide-spread ...

MapOffice public deployed to Lake Forest employees and residents

Thursday, October 31, 2013
​Lake Forest will have access to the web version of MapOffice™ beginning June 1st. The month of May was spent preparing the base data needed to get MapOffice™ up and running, which involved loading previous GIS data into the GIS Consortium standardized database.MapOffice™ will provide ...

Traffic accident analysis

Thursday, October 31, 2013
The Vi​llage of Norridge has begun mapping out traffic accident information in an effort to try and limit the amount of accidents in high traffic areas and understand why accidents occur in low traffic areas. A map was created using data provided ...

Using GIS to Aid in Emergency Dispatching

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​As a new member of the GIS Consortium, the top priority in Lake Forest has been getting data ready for New World. New World used in some of the other Consortium communities, is a CAD software that uses GIS to map out the location of ...

A geographic approach to emergency management

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​During an emergency event, the type of event, the extent of the area affected, and the number of issues occurring as a result of the event are just some of the factors that need to be processed, organized, and reviewed by local government staff to ...

Link between Everbridge and GIS data

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The City of Park Ridge has recently invested in a new software application that enhances its ability to provide emergency alerts to its residents. The application, going by the name Everbridge Aware for Citizen Alerts, is a notification sytem that will call people on their ...

Emergency siren coverage analysis

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Although it is possible to put a number on the purchase price of a device that notifies people of an emergency, giving people amble time to reach safety is priceless. Like all Public Safety personnel who pride themselves in the art of providing a safe ...

Supporting computer aided dispatch

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Public Safety plays a crucial role in the day to day activities of Village of Lincolnshire. The Village of Lincolnshire Police Department believes that their daily activities help support a safe and vibrant community. A crucial operational aspect of the Police Department is conducted 24 ...

Importance of GIS in dispatch systems

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Police, Fire, and EMS dispatch plays a very important and crucial role for any State, County, City, or Village; and any Dispatcher, Police officer, Firemen, or EMT will tell you that timing and accurate information is everything. The Village of Glenview utilizes Geography Information Systems ...

Supporting emergency dispatch with GIS

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Public Safety plays a crucial role in the day to day activities of Village of Glencoe. The Village of Glencoe Public Safety Department believes that their daily activities help support a safe and vibrant community. A crucial operational aspect of the Public Safety Department is ...

GIS supporting emergency management

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Public Safety plays a crucial role in the day to day activities of Village of Deerfield. The Village of Deerfield Police Department believes that their daily activities help support a safe and vibrant community. A crucial operational aspect of the Police Department is conducted 24 ...

Public safety response

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Of all the services provided by local municipalities around the world, public safety is arguably the most recognizable and widely supported. Everyone wants to feel that they are safe and that someone will respond to assist them in the case of an emergency. The Village ...

Centralizing address updating with GIS

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Addresses play an important role in the daily activities of Village of Riverside staff whether it is for water billing information, permits, or locating a resident in case of an emergency. In addition, a physical address can serve as a link for answering such questions ...

Intersection traffic accident analysis

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Almost every day of the week, police officers are called to the scene of a traffic accident to provide assistance. More often than not, these officers report to a street intersection rather than an address along a residential street. But how many times does a ...

GIS to Assist with Emergency Response Management

Sunday, October 27, 2013
To help respond to a potential community-wide emergency, most local governments have an emergency response plan in place to assist with the organization and execution of community policies and protocols. As technology has improved over the years, the City of Des Plaines started integrating ...

Federal urban aid systems

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​In 1916, the United States created the Federal-aid Highway Program with the primary objective being the improvement of rural roads. This changed with the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944, which authorized the first specific funds for urban highways, specifically the creation of a formula for ...

Fire district map books

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The Village of Wheeling fire department created fire districts for the purpose of sectioning off the village so that village firefighters would have a better idea where an incident was located and what station would be the closest for response. The districts were sectioned off ...

GIS assists fire department Insurance Services Organization (ISO) inspection

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) is an advisory organization that evaluates risk with the objective to help their customers measure, manage, and reduce risk. In a government setting, ISO will gather information that is often used in insurance underwriting. Therefore they will evaluate how well ...

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