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Canada's Standard for Emergency Mapping Symbology

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The Emergency Mapping Symbology (EMS) was funded by GeoConnections, a Canadian government program that is national in scope. EMS is designed to support emergency management applications across Canada, including the national Multi-Agency Situation Awareness Systems (MASAS).

EMS is part of efforts to create a Common Operational Picture both with emergency management agencies and with the public at large. It targets Web applications, but can also be used with traditional desktop applications.

The symbols are tailored to Canadian requirements for situational awareness reporting, first response, natural hazards assessment, public alerting, and critical infrastructure protection. The symbols are already being used by federal and provincial agencies, and are a valuable resource for Canada's Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System initiative, enabling emergency management organizations to share geospatial incident, event and alert information within the context of a national common operational picture.

Although the dataset is designed to meet needs in Canada, very few of the symbols are specific to Canada. Most symbols are applicable globally. As discussed elsewhere, the work has been heavily influenced by similar efforts carried out in other countries. What distinguishes the EMS symbol set is its design, which follows a set of design principles that make it particularly suitable for Web applications by both trained and untrained personnel alike.

To access the symbols or to learn more about the Canadian national set of Emergency Mapping Symbols please refer to the following site.

http://emsymbology.org/

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Hi Darrin,

Thanks very much for this!

I'll pass this along to our EMO Coordinator, also.

Regards,

Jamie Whitters BES, CPT
GIS/Planning Technologist
Planning and Development Department
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
320 Esplanade, Room 200
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
B1P 7B9
Phone: 902-563-5071
Fax: 902-564-0481
Email: jswhitters@cbrm.ns.ca
Web: http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/mapping.html




Canada's Standard for Emergency Mapping Symbology

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The Emergency Mapping Symbology (EMS) was funded by GeoConnections, a Canadian government program that is national in scope. EMS is designed to support emergency management applications across Canada, including the national Multi-Agency Situation Awareness Systems (MASAS).

EMS is part of efforts to create a Common Operational Picture both with emergency management agencies and with the public at large. It targets Web applications, but can also be used with traditional desktop applications.

The symbols are tailored to Canadian requirements for situational awareness reporting, first response, natural hazards assessment, public alerting, and critical infrastructure protection. The symbols are already being used by federal and provincial agencies, and are a valuable resource for Canada's Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System initiative, enabling emergency management organizations to share geospatial incident, event and alert information within the context of a national common operational picture.

Although the dataset is designed to meet needs in Canada, very few of the symbols are specific to Canada. Most symbols are applicable globally. As discussed elsewhere, the work has been heavily influenced by similar efforts carried out in other countries. What distinguishes the EMS symbol set is its design, which follows a set of design principles that make it particularly suitable for Web applications by both trained and untrained personnel alike.

To access the symbols or to learn more about the Canadian national set of Emergency Mapping Symbols please refer to the following site.

http://emsymbology.org/






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