One of the largest problems with paper-based Emergency Response Plans (ERP) is that they are cumbersome documents that are difficult to understand and even more difficult to apply in an emergency. “A digital picture is worth a thousand words” applies here.
Imagine a single tool that allows you to plan, design, test, prepare, practice and train for nearly any type of emergency, any contingency, in any sort of environmental conditions. ePlan-GIS is capable of doing all this and more. Instead of creating volumes of paper, ePlan-GIS can capture your emergency response plan in a dynamic and coordinated electronic “document”, in much the same way that GIS is useful as a centre point for gathering, displaying and understanding geographic data. A “Digital Emergency Response Plan” using ePlan-GIS is based on a constructive simulation that allows you to gather and input the data once and then use it many times thereafter.
An emergency response plan created digitally will significantly reduce the amount of effort required to put together and publish an ERP. This same digital information can be re-used for training (After Action Review) briefings, simulation and discussion in a much more user friendly, transportable, dynamic and understandable format than a paper table top exercise.
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