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GISCorps Alert: Help needed Katrina Recovery

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JB Krygier

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GISCorps is a non-profit organization that gets volunteer GIS
and mapping folks working, usually on developing world problems.
They are organizing volunteers for the Katrina disaster, and some
of you may qualify or know someone who qualifies:

This is an urgent request. If you are qualified for any of these two
positions, email me as soon as you can (also attach your resume).

In response to hurricane Katrina's disaster, GISCorps has been asked to
provide 20 volunteers to Mississippi Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Jackson, Mississippi. They need two groups of ten volunteers:

Group 1: Must have at least 5 years of experience and well versed in using ArcGIS 9.0 in an SDE environment, comfortable in making maps and conducting quick analysis. Experience in disaster management is a plus.

Group 2: Must have at least 5 years of experience and well versed in using ArcGIS 9.0 and GPS software and equipment. **Must bring their own laptop loaded with 9.0 and also must bring a GPS unit compatible with ArcGIS**.

This group will be working with search and rescue teams and K-9 units
mainly collecting data and navigating.

The following provides some general information provided by EOC office:

Both groups must be able to fly out within 24 hours

Must be able to stay for 5-7 days

Will work in 12-hour shifts

They provide lodging (in tents and on cots)

They will provide meals

Must bring boots, sleeping bags, and clothes suitable for field work
and be prepared for an extremely hot weather

Must arrange and pay for your own flight, will be reimbursed for the
cost of the ticket later. Jackson airport should be open to
commercial flights. Memphis is a 4 hour drive away and a secondary

Group two must bring own GPS and laptop (no exceptions). Group two will be working in very harsh conditions and must be prepared to deal with that.

Posted by:

Shoreh Elhami, GISCorps Chair

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