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ArcGIS Exercise: Hurricane Shelter Analysis


Approximately 75 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Hurricane Shelter Analysis" is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to apply ArcGIS geographic information system tools to analyze the effects of a hurricane scenario on emergency shelters, and to estimate the potential evacuation population. It is an exercise in tutorial format, with step by step instructions utilizing data for the island of O`ahu.

It requires access to ArcGIS ArcView version 9.1, 9.2, or later. Evaluation copies of the software are available at the following URL:

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


The material covered in this course is related, in part, to the following capabilities from the Homeland Security Target Capabilities List:
  1. Common: Communications
  2. Common: Planning
  3. Respond: Critical Resource Logistics & Distribution
  4. Respond: Emergency Public Information and Warning
  5. Respond: Mass Care (Sheltering, Feeding, Related services)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Utilize basic GIS overlay operations to combine separate hazard datasets into combined hazard layers
  2. Apply hazard layers to emergency shelter locations to determine usable and unusable shelters
  3. Combine GIS query and selection operations to calculate estimates of evacuation populations
  4. Combine shelter location and population datasets with neighborhood boundaries to estimate shelter capacity by neighborhood

Target Audiences:

Administrators, Emergency/Disaster Planners, Other Public Health personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.