Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the important spatial data they contain can be critical tools in emergency management. During an emergency or disaster in Missouri, SEMA’s GIS Program harnesses GIS technology to better assess and visualize damage statewide, develop response priorities and logistics planning, and to track progress throughout the response. SEMA GIS also provides important geospatial services that aid in mitigation efforts.
GIS at SEMA
The Missouri Emergency Management Agency utilizes ESRI’s ArcGIS Online to assist with response during disasters. See how the GIS team at SEMA utilized ArcGIS Online products for the Spring 2017 flood response and recover efforts: arcg.is/yuzCe.
The United States National Grid (USNG) was approved by the Missouri GIS Advisory Committee in May 2009 as a standard reference grid for emergency response. The intent of this standard is to improve interoperability between all jurisdictions during emergency events.
Disaster Support Atlases: Map books with USNG grids have being created for all counties in Missouri in GEOpdf format. Find more information and download these files at this link https://emgis.oa.mo.gov/dps/mapbooks/.
Delta State University has created a video for creating USNG mapbooks in ArcView. The video shows how to download USNG data and use the free ESRI DSMapBook extension to create mapbooks for a county. See Video »
GIS and Wide Area Search
GIS and Wide Area Search was presented by Scott Olsen (Boone County Fire) and Debbie Briedwell (SEMA) at the 2010 SEMA conference. View Presentation
Statewide Regional Coordinators - SEMA Regional Coordinators are the state's liaisons to the local jurisdictions for emergency management activities. They assist the local jurisdictions in ALL aspects of emergency management including emergency operations plan development and revision, training and exercises. Currently, nine Regional Coordinator's provide assistance to 114 counties and their associated jurisdictions.
Counties of Missouri - This is a basic letter-sized map of the counties in Missouri.
Color your own: Counties of Missouri - This PowerPoint file allows you to create your own customized State map by filling in colors for each county, adding a title and a legend. Instructions are included on the map.
Enter an address and find the location in decimal degrees or dms Go to site »
The Missouri State Emergency Operations Center utilizes interactive Web applications to enhance situational awareness. During an event, real-time data feeds are combined with base layers and custom tools that are viewed in a map format. Since its inception, MO-COP has proven to be a useful tool. To see how MO-COP is used during an actual emergency, view an example--a 2009 severe weather event.
The GIS Subcommittee for the Homeland Security Advisory Committee and MGISAC meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10 am - 12 pm. Meetings are held in Room 153 of the MNG Military Education Facility at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City. Read more about the GIS Subcommittee »