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Fact Sheet 2009–3010

Hazards, Disasters, and The National Map

By William J. Carswell Jr. and Mark R. Newell

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The National Map Provides the Starting Point

Federal, State, and local response and management personnel must have current, reliable, and easily accessible geographic information and maps to prepare for, respond to, or recover from emergency situations. In life-threatening events, such as earthquakes, floods, or wildland fires, geographic information is essential for locating critical infrastructure and carrying out evacuation and rescue operations.

The USGS promotes partnerships to ensure that base map data are up to date, readily available, and shareable among local, state, and National users. The National Map enables other government agencies, private industry, and the public to link and share additional data that provide even more information. These efforts with state and local governments have helped standardize the data by reducing data inconsistencies between neighboring jurisdictions and will help fill in the gaps for those places where data are lacking.

Revised September 2009

First Posted February 12, 2009

For additional information contact:
National Geospatial Technical Operations Center
U.S. Geological Survey

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Suggested citation:

Carswell, W.J. Jr., Newell, M.R., 2008, Hazards, Disasters, and The National Map: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009-3010, 2 p.

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