GIS and URISA GISCorps Respond to Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi

by Glenn Letham

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Talbot J. Brooks, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies, Delta State University worked within MEMA, FEMA, and the rest of the alphabet soup to start GIS at the Jackson Emergency Operations Center. According to Brooks, the GIS Corps call for help came at his request. He has graciously shared his story of Hurricane Katrina, the role GIS played in the response, and the 27 August - 6 September time period.... in his words... he was "there". Read on for a look at the response, some Q & A's, and example maps and images from the GIScorps in Mississippi. The full article including numerous maps created from the massive response can be viewed in this special contribution at - see