TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Information Technology, Geographic Information Services (GIS) Division, this month submitted to the Florida Division of Emergency Management standardized grid maps of the County in map book format using the U.S. National Grid (USNG).
According to Kevin Willis, Director of the Lake County GIS Division, adoption of a national grid system has been identified as “critical” in a number of after action reports, investigations and studies dating as far back as Hurricane Andrew. The Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and Federal Geographic Data Committee have promoted the adoption of USNG.
Lessons learned from recent hurricane seasons have taught emergency officials that standardized grid maps for search & rescue and other activities are a necessity. In an effort to standardize maps in Florida for both emergency and other operations, the State Fire Marshal and the Division of Emergency Management are embarking on a program to adopt the USNG as the standard in Florida. This project will ensure a uniform grid mapping system across cities and counties in Florida and will match the system used by the National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. military.
The Lake County GIS Division has generated this map book available for download at ftp://ftp.co.lake.fl.us/GIS/GisDownloads/Cartography/Mapbooks/CountyMapbookSeries/.
“We are proud to be one of the first counties in the state to proactively participate in this state and national effort,” said Sue Carroll, GIS Project Manager, who completed the task.
To view the current list of downloadable USNG map books for the state, log on to www.floridadisaster.org/gis/USNG/index.htm#mapbooks.