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Re: [openny] Open Data on Hurricane Evacuation Zones

From: Mark B.
Sent on: Friday, August 26, 2011 12:55 PM
Hi all,

A number of us were involved in a citizen-led response during the snowstorm called snowmageddon - . It showed to be an exciting example of what is possible to help citizens coordinate. Of course, it would have to be advertised and set up in advance. 

Digital Democracy did some work with the NYC department of education around combining this approach with government data, having kids place their ideas for the future on top of investments

Combining both govt data and disaster response is an exciting opportunity. I pulled this together as an example . It pulls in the data that Rachel mentioned, but it's not formatted properly for this system. Apparently Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is also envisioning a similar approach

I'm pulling together a panel at the upcoming Open Video Conference to discuss some of these issues and the need for coordinated community response sitting on top of good government facilitation, like with data (thanks Rachel!). The rubric for the discussion is "Tweets from 9/11" - what if twitter existed during 9/11. I was on a panel discussing this at SXSW. If anyone has thoughts on who would be good to join the panel, do let me know. Thanks!

Oh, and stay safe and dry!

All the best,

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On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 12:15 PM, Rachel <[address removed]> wrote:

Dear Open NY community,


As we prepare for the weekend, I would like to make you aware that geographic data regarding NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zones and Hurricane Evacuation Centers is publicly available on the NYC DataMine:


To find it, please search for “Data by Agency” and select “Office of Emergency Management (OEM)”


In addition, you can download Google Earth KMZ files for the Hurricane Evacuation Zones here:


As always, we welcome use of New York City public data to serve and inform New Yorkers. Please feel free to contact me with your questions.



Rachel Sterne


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