ShasCo to test new interactive map at tomorrow’s Boomtown Parade

SHASTA COUNTY — The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, along with Shasta County Fire (SCFD) will conduct a beta test using an interactive map during the Shasta Boomtown Parade on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. 

The purpose of the test is to utilize existing technology through cellular capabilities to collect data, and forward that information to a command post where it will be vetted and input into a publicly viewable map, real time. 

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The involved agencies will utilize an ArcGIS Online (AGOL) site to provide a common location for online mapping during the parade, and provide live updates as needed for this event.

AGOL is an online, collaborative web GIS that allows users to create and share maps and data. A companion application, Collector for ArcGIS, works with AGOL and extends visualization and data collection to the field on mobile devices. The ability to take maps into the field on mobile devices, with and without cell service, makes this technology very useful for a variety of incident response applications.

The Sheriff’s Office and SCFD is asking for the publics’ input regarding this application. You may provide comments via the following; Twitter @ShastaSheriff  Facebook  Shasta County Sheriff’s Office or via email at Sheriff@co.shasta.ca.us

If the test is successful, the Sheriff’s Office in partnership with SCFD may establish a procedure to use the ArcGIS Online site during natural and/or man-made disasters in Shasta County to show areas that are evacuated, road closures, information on where to find services during the event such as shelters, and when the incident is deemed safe and re-entry is allowed.  We look forward to your input.

As the fire season approaches, please have discussions with friends and family as to the steps you will take in an emergency.  Make sure you have plenty of supplies on hand in your residence to be self-sufficient for at least three days. 

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Discuss where you will go in the event you do have to evacuate.  Will you go to a shelter or to a family/friends residence?  If you have family members with additional needs, please have a plan in place on how and when you will evacuate with them.  Have plans for your pets as well.  In the event of an emergency, you do not have to wait for law enforcement to tell you to go. 

Remember, preparedness is the shared responsibility of our whole community, have a plan and be ready.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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