The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) has chosen New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and NYC’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications for an Exemplary Systems In Government (ESIG) Award. The technology award is for the City’s successful emergency management solution, the Emergency Management Online Locator System (EMOLS) application developed by PlanGraphics, Inc.
The EMOLS application helps citizens locate, via the Web, a variety of emergency services including, but not limited to, hurricane evacuation information, coastal storm emergency shelters, and cooling center information. In the wake of September 11th, the system was swiftly adapted to provide pertinent emergency information 24/7 to New York City’s 8 million residents during the most crucial times and played an important role in increasing the public’s confidence in government and how they were handling the disaster.
The ESIG Awards were inaugurated in 1980 by URISA to recognize extraordinary achievement by government agencies in the use of automated information systems. This achievement is defined as the effective application of computer technology that can be measured in terms of improved government services and increased benefits to citizens. The annual award competition is open to all public agencies at the federal, state/provincial, regional, and local levels.