Natural disasters such as hurricanes result in tremendous damage and loss of life. Advance planning can minimize the devastation, especially for people who may have difficulty evacuating.
In these three lessons, you'll help Houston, Texas, prepare for an incoming hurricane. First, you'll create a web map on ArcGIS Online that shows evacuation routes throughout the city. Then, you'll add demographic data that shows vehicle ownership by area. People who don't own vehicles may have difficulty evacuating during a disaster, so you'll change the way your map looks to emphasize low vehicle ownership. You'll also change the map's pop-ups to reveal key information about the map at a click. Finally, you'll share your map as a professional-looking web app for others to use.
To learn more about the impact of hurricanes in Houston, check out the story maps Where Harvey Hit Hardest and Hurricane Harvey: Who left, where did they go, and who stayed?
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|Create a map||Create a map showing evacuation routes in Houston.||10 minutes|
|Identify spatial patterns||Use smart mapping and pop-ups to determine areas with low vehicle ownership.||20 minutes|
|Create an app||Configure a web app to share your findings with others.||15 minutes|