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Title: Computer Assistance for the California Earthquake Rescue Effort
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:57  Issue:3  Dated:(March 1990)  Pages:42-43
Author(s): S Tyler
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Computer software called geographic information systems enabled rescue officials in Alameda County (Calif.) to dispatch help quickly to wherever it was most needed and to monitor the progress of the rescue efforts that followed the earthquake in California's Bay Area on October 17, 1989.
Abstract: The software required only a small personal computer. It allowed vital information to be placed, moved, and changed on a map that was drawn to scale on the computer. The software also allowed information to be retrieved from outside databases to provide faster identification of damaged cars and faster responses to downed power lines. In addition, the system integrated information from many sources onto a single map to make decisionmaking and dispatching simpler. As many as 80 people at a time could examine the 6 foot square map that was projected from the computer screen onto a wall in the Alameda Emergency Operations Center in an underground room. The computer program was also used to aid the rescue efforts involving Interstate Highway 880, where officials lacked their own system and relied on photocopies from a booklet with 51 pages depicting 80-foot sections of the collapsed highway. Photographs.
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations
Index Term(s): California; Computer mapping; Computer software; Disaster procedures; Emergency rescues
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