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Webinar: The Value of Effective Data Construction for Rural Communities
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This webinar will focus on the value proposition for collecting and using geospatial data in rural communities, how geospatial technologies were applied in a life-saving manner immediately after the tornado struck, and their use to greatly enhance the filing of damage claims and aid the overall recovery effort.

10/14/2014
When: Tuesday, October 14
1:00 PM CDT
Presenter: Thomas B Sanford, GTPDD, and Scott L Trapolino, DeSoto County, MS

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Narrative: Golden Triangle Planning and Development District (GTPDD) is a regional organization which values the collection and application of geospatial data for use in local government operations, planning and development activities, and rural development.  They have focused on the collection of base data such as streets, structure polygons, address points, and street-level photographs for the promotion of economic growth and development in Winston County, Mississippi.  Such data collection has required a unique brand of ingenuity as local financial resources are extremely limited due to extreme poverty and while the benefits of using geospatial information technologies are generally agreed upon as a good idea, their true value was not necessarily realized until the area was struck by a massive EF-4 tornado on 28 April 2014.  This webinar will focus on the value proposition for collecting and using geospatial data in rural communities, how geospatial technologies were applied in a life-saving manner immediately after the tornado struck, and their use to greatly enhance the filing of damage claims and aid the overall recovery effort.

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Thomas B Sanford, GIS Manager of Golden Triangle Planning and Development District

Thomas (Toby) Sanford was a GIS analyst at GTPDD for 5 years before being promoted to GIS Manager in November 2008.  He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Professional Geology with an emphasis in GIS from Mississippi State University and his Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Technologies from Delta State University in 2013.  Toby hails from Ackerman, Mississippi, currently living in Starkville, Mississippi.  He has 12 years’ experience as an educator, researcher, and developer in applications of remote sensing and GIS.  He has been working on several county and city GIS mapping projects.  Most recently, Toby has overseen and completed the point location re-address mapping of 6 counties and 13 cities.

Scott L Trapolino, GISP, GIS Analyst, DeSoto County, MS

Scott Trapolino attended Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi (MS), where he earned bachelor’s degrees in Geography and Political Science and a certificate in Geospatial Technologies.  At Delta State University, he worked at the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies as Project Manager, where he assisted in the compilation of Geospatial Needs Assessments and Implementation Plans for Three Rivers Planning and Development District, the construction of a GIS for Tunica County Emergency Management Agency, and an enterprise GIS for the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board.  In addition, he worked with first responders and emergency management teams in the creation of USNG map books during hurricanes that made landfall between 2008 and 2010.  In 2010, he was appointed president of the GITA Gulf South Chapter and currently is a Board Member for the Memphis Area Geographical Information Council and Mississippi Association for Spatial Technologies. At present he works for DeSoto County, MS, as the GIS Analyst and represents the State of MS as a GIS Coordinator for the Statewide Technical Advanced Rescue Team.  Scott works with the Eudora Volunteer Fire Department as Captain and as an Emergency Medical Responder.  Also, he is Principal and Project Coordinator for Everything is Somewhere, LLC.  Currently he has assisted in emergency situations ranging from the 2011 MS River Flood, multiple Search and Rescue Operations (Missing Persons and Kidnapping),  and many mock exercises ranging from earthquakes to the most recent F4 Tornado Event in Winston County, MS.

Keywords: Local government, addressing, emergency management, damage assessment, standards, FEMA


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