Tulalip Tribes
Emergency Management

6406 Marine Dr.
Tulalip, WA 98271

Phone: 360-716-4006

Emergency Response Guide

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The Tulalip Office of Emergency Management (OEM) relies on accurate geographic information for virtually all of its emergency response and planning operations. Through its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, Tulalip OEM can easily map and access data - from flood zones and local infrastructure to population density and road closures - before, during, and after an emergency. Tulalip OEM works closely with the Tulalip Tribes GIS Department and the Tribe's Natural Resources Department in order to have the most accurate and up-to-date data on the natural and human environment.

What Is GIS?

GIS can combine many layers of different information, creating products that are much more sophisticated than flat maps. By linking maps to databases, GIS enables users to visualize, manipulate, analyze, and display spatial data. For decision-makers, GIS can be valuable in helping determine the best location for a new facility, analyzing structural or environmental damage, viewing similar events in a neighborhood to detect a pattern, and so on.

How Does GIS Help the Tribes?

During emergencies, GIS enables emergency managers to quickly access relevant data about an affected area.

GIS is also a valuable planning tool. Vulnerable populations can be identified and plotted in order to prioritize assistance. Hazard prone areas, such as a tsunami-inundation zone can be identified and then all the people in homes and businesses can be identified.

After an emergency, GIS can help recovery workers assess and map homes that are damaged, plan reconstruction of an area, and determine which property owners qualify for grants or loan programs, among other recovery-related issues.

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