LA CRESCENTA — Dominique Evans-Bye alternated between bar graphs, geographic maps and spreadsheets filled with population, schools, hospitals, police, fire and rescue locations and resources. Her computer screen had little room for anything else.
In a few clicks, a change of screen, and another couple more clicks, the Clark Magnet High School teacher produced data for hypothetical elected officials or FEMA and Homeland Security Department authorities. With some further work, she'd complete a low-level analysis of how a severe hurricane would impact Port Charlotte, Florida.
With the training, Evans-Bye will be ready to expand on the school's geographic information curriculum, where students use complicated computer data models to predict outcomes from natural disasters.
"It's used in every field you can think of," she said. "City planners use it to figure out transportation routes, or where to put a new school, or emergency resources."
Evans-Bye is part of a small group being trained with software used by the federal government to study how communities would be affected by floods, fires, earthquakes and more.