September 01, 2005

GISCorps Alert - Hurricane Katrina

We received this message Thursday Sept 1 - GISCorps Alert: This is an
urgent request. If you are qualified for any of these two positions,
email me as soon as you can (also attach your resume). In response to
hurricane Katrina's disaster, GISCorps has been asked to provide 20
volunteers to Mississippi Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Jackson,
Mississippi. They need two groups of ten volunteers:

Group 1: Must have at least 5 years of experience and well versed in
using ArcGIS 9.0 in an SDE environment, comfortable in making maps and
conducting quick analysis. Experience in disaster management is a plus.

Group 2: Must have at least 5 years of experience and well versed in
using ArcGIS 9.0 and GPS software and equipment. **Must bring their own
laptop loaded with 9.0 and also must bring a GPS unit compatible with
ArcGIS**. This group will be working with search and rescue teams and
K-9 units mainly collecting data and navigating.

The following provides some general information provided by EOC office:

Both groups must be able to fly out within 24 hours
Must be able to stay for 5-7 days
Will work in 12-hour shifts
They provide lodging (in tents and on cots)
They will provide meals
Must bring boots, sleeping bags, and clothes suitable for field work and
be prepared for an extremely hot weather Must arrange and pay for your
own flight, will be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket later. Jackson
airport should be open to commercial flights. Memphis is a 4 hour drive
away and a secondary option. Group two must bring own GPS and laptop (no
exceptions). Group two will be working in very harsh conditions and must
be prepared to deal with that.

Contact: Shoreh Elhami, GISCorps Chair (Selhami"at"

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