R. Maxwell Baber, Ph.D.
Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.
“This marks the fourth shooting incident at a U.S. school within a week -- the second at a college or university -- and serves as a stunning reminder that it is impossible to know when and where violence will occur.” (Knapp, 02/15/2008)
This quote, referencing the 2008 shooting at Northern Illinois University, is a stark reminder that the school systems in the United States are soft targets for acts of violence. Although it is almost impossible to predict such tragic events, it is possible to prepare, react, and respond to these actions in a timely manner to reduce loss of life and property. Advances in technology, particularly in geographic information systems (GIS), have given first responders the ability to respond to these occurrences more rapidly and efficiently. The GIS application created in this project supports the needs of first responders to enhance preparation and response to emergencies, in this case at Montclair High School, Montclair, California. Utilizing a variety of geospatial tools and software applications, the system will provide emergency personnel with a unique application or system designed to support a more effective and efficient response.
Johnson, H. R. (2008). Montclair High School: A Multi-dimensional GIS Approach to Tactical Emergency Response (Master's thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from http://inspire.redlands.edu/gis_gradproj/58