Florida Division of Emergency Management Honored for Special Achievement in Geographic Information Systems
Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, presented the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) with Esri's Special Achievement in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Award (SAG) on July 11 at the annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, FDEM received the award for its innovative application of mapping, data analytics, and thought leadership in the field of Emergency Management.
FDEM Director Wes Maul said, “FDEM is a national leader in Emergency Management and that leadership includes our use of data and analytics to enhance our operational capabilities. I am proud of the hard work that this award represents and I am excited for our team to continue leveraging GIS technology as we accomplish our most critical missions.”
FDEM provided outstanding Web GIS leadership and vision in preparation and response to Hurricane Irma. During the response, FDEM's Web GIS preparedness resulted in the ability to rapidly launch more than 60 mission critical applications, including the Situational Awareness Map & App Gallery targeted to the public. The Geoportal provides access to authoritative geographic data, features interactive mapping applications, and contains links to additional resources and ongoing projects by FDEM GIS. By following best practices, their “Know Your [evacuation] Zone” public information app in ArcGIS Online remained responsive when it received 26 million views in one day.
The SAG Awards are meant to show appreciation for organizations that are using GIS to solve some of the world's toughest challenges. Through The Science of Where—the technology of GIS combined with the science of geography—the users honored with these awards are demonstrating the most groundbreaking and transformative possibilities of GIS software.
"Esri User Conference is a great forum for our users to come together and share the amazing ways they are implementing GIS technology," said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. "The organizations recognized here are creating maps and using spatial analytics to make a difference in the world. We are honored to present these awards."
FDEM was one of over 180 organizations in areas such as commercial industry, defense, transportation, nonprofit work, telecommunications, and government to receive a SAG Award. Esri staff annually nominate hundreds of candidates from around the world for consideration, and Dangermond selects the finalists.