The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) group uses state-of-the-art technology to create, maintain and update comprehensive, web-based digital maps and mapping tools for every property in each Meadowlands District municipality.
The maps provide emergency officials within District municipalities instant access to critical information, including data on hazardous materials stored in warehouse facilities, fire hydrant locations, incident reports, floor plans, turn-around space for heavy firefighting equipment, and current and historical aerial imagery. This potentially life-saving information can easily be accessed from field computers, tablets and smart phones.
The municipal maps are also a useful, time-saving tool for town officials who use property data to manage municipal assets and plan for infrastructure and other improvements. Data stored on each facility or residential property include owner, block and lot, easements, address, zoning and land use, acreage, and building footprint. Building code and tax officials can produce property boundaries utilizing a buffer tool, which can save time in notifying residents of variance requests or other proposed changes to surrounding properties.
Emergency responders and municipal officials are kept informed of new capabilities and upgrades to the program through continuing comprehensive training sessions, technical support and refresher seminars.
The GIS group provides a water level alert system and flood maps to first responders and the public. The email and text-based alerts for Meadowlands District towns are sent when water levels reach 5.5 feet and continue to be relayed as the levels rise. The interactive, web-based flood prediction maps include the parts of Meadowlands District municipalities that may flood from sea surge levels of 4 to 8 feet.