Mapping It All Out: FEMA’s GIS Program Has Positive Impact On Moss Point Recovery

Hurricane Katrina 8/28/05. Moss Point shown in red.
Hurricane Katrina 8/28/05. Moss Point shown in red.

GIS is playing a key role in helping Moss Point. GIS technology is being used to aid the recovering communities by providing the means to gather, analyze and utilize a broad spectrum of data – from topography to political and governmental boundaries as well as population and demographics.

One example is Moss Point in south Mississippi who has taken full advantage of the GIS program as it recovers from Hurricane Katrina. Moss Point is now focusing on new and improved housing and promotion of the business district through downtown development and the creation of a riverfront district. The goal is to increase the city’s tax base by attracting new industry, commercial development and, most importantly, a thriving, diverse population. Moss Point is utilizing GIS to successfully execute the overall recovery plan.

For more information about the effort of FEMA to use GIS to help Moss Point, please read the full article here.

Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC

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