Spatial Data Survey of 67 counties

Category: Planning

Point of Contact: Dr. Thomas Mueller (California Univ. of Pennsylvania), mueller@calu.edu; Cynthia McCoy (FEMA), cynthia.mccoy@fema.dhs.gov

Project Description: HAZUS uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to estimate physical, economic and social impacts of disasters. (https://www.fema.gov/hazus). HAZUS has datasets included. The estimates will be more useful if the data is more accurate. Better results help counties to be more prepared for hazards through proper planning. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contacted California University of Pennsylvania about surveying the counties of Pennsylvania on the county’s spatial data assets. The survey process had a few challenges and was finally initiated by students and faculty in spring 2014 and completed in fall 2014. The results were sent to FEMA.

Issues Encountered:  None.

Funding Stream(s): This was completed as service learning project by Dr. Mueller and his students – No Cost
Category: Planning

Floodplain Management and
Mitigation Success Stories

Drainage Improvements and Floodplain Enhancements
Dauphin County -Township of Derry Drainage Improvements

Emergency Management/Planning
Luzerne County - Wyoming Valley Emergency Action Plan

Emergency Management/Warning Notification
Northumberland County - Sunbury Flood Operations Center

Flood Risk Management
Columbia County - Flood Risk Management project for Kawneer Company, Inc.
Northumberland County - Sunbury Flood Risk Management System
Columbia County - Bloomsburg Airport Elevation
Columbia County - Design and Construction of a Flood Control System for Autoneum North America, Inc. and the Windsor Woods facility
Montour County - Danville Area Middle School

Hazard Mitigation
Venango County - Oil City Ice Boom

Local Preparedness
Allegheny County - Etna Borough Municipal Building Floodproofing
Blair County - City of Altoona Community Rating System (CRS) Program

Local Preparedness/Mitigation
Butler County - Harmony Junction Dam Removal, Connoquenessing Creek, Jackson Township
Mercer County - Cunningham Memorial Dam Removal, Grove City
Dauphin County - Stage Inundation Map Library for the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg
Union County - Acquisition and Demolition of Ten Flood Prone Properties located on South Sixth Street in the Borough of Lewisburg

Local Preparedness/Warning Notification
Cameron County - Outdoor Siren Warning System at the George B Stevenson Dam

Planning
Spatial Data Survey of 67 counties

Risk Communication/Outreach
Pennsylvania Silver Jackets’ Flood Risk Management Resources Website