August 29, 2016
By Mike Gundling
A hurricane hits and first responders scramble to share maps to dispatch units and coordinate response across agencies. Personnel on the ground provide real-time location reports of electrical outages, damage assessments and road closings. New law enforcement resources unfamiliar with the area come from federal and state agencies to assist in the response, guided by detailed maps of alternate roads and population areas. Transportation professionals update evacuation routes for the public maps and work to identify areas suitable for helicopter landings. Meanwhile the public monitors the constantly changing situation for advisory notices for their neighborhood.