FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
East View Geospatial Executes Emergency Map Customization and Plotting for Team Rubicon's Hurricane Sandy Disaster Response Efforts
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - November 14, 2012 - In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s immense
destruction, the immediate need for large wall maps of the disaster areas became paramount
to relief agencies. After seeking solutions from various government agencies, Team Rubicon
(TR) was referred to East View Geospatial (EVG). TR’s task for EVG was to perform rapid
customization and plotting of USGS maps of the New Jersey shore, Staten Island and Long
Island. EVG completed the work and expressed shipped the maps to TR within several hours
of the request.
Digital raster maps are adequate for many day-to-day mapping duties, but when it comes to
in-person emergency planning in a disaster response war room, large paper maps are a must.
EVG Founder and CEO, Kent D. Lee shared, “In an age where geospatial data is increasingly
produced and distributed digitally, paper map creations remain vital. EVG was really pleased
to have been asked to put this production together and lend a small amount of assistance
following this catastrophic event.”
From a production standpoint, EVG chose 1:24,000 and 1:100,000 scale USGS topographic mapping
for coverage over three disaster areas specified by TR. The three areas were: 1) New Jersey
Shore (100K - Atlantic City, Cape May, Hammonton, Long Branch and Trenton); 2) Long Island
(100K - Bridgeport, New Haven, Long Island East and West and Block Island); 3) Staten Island
(24K - Elizabeth, Jersey City, Keyport, Perth Amboy, South Amboy, Arthur Kill and The Narrows).
EVG georeferenced and mosaiced the map sheets together to create seamless coverage for each
specified area. TR wanted wall map sizes so EVG blew them up 25-35% their original size. The
last step was to plot them off in panel sizes, generally 3’ x 8’ in size. The end product
gave TR a visual tool to assess and help with organization and control of the areas hit by