An Integrated Support System for Disaster Prevention Map-Making Using Town-Walk Information Gathering
Throughout Japan, numerous disaster prevention maps have been made over time using the method of town-walk. This method will assist in disaster prevention and enable a greater understanding of the disaster prevention field. The development of these maps increases disaster awareness, improves the self-help ability of individuals, and increases cooperation amongst local communities. Currently, there is a support system for developing conventional disaster prevention maps; however, no maps have been designed using the town-walk method. Therefore, in this paper, we present an integrated support system for making disaster prevention maps using the information gathered by the town-walk method. We conducted a comparison experiment between the proposed system and the conventional system (using paper maps). This experiment demonstrated that a consistent support function would be effective in developing disaster prevention maps using the town-walk method. We also confirmed that the proposed system improves disaster awareness among individuals, understanding of the area, and the conventional system.
KeywordsDisaster prevention map Town-walk WebGIS Disaster prevention awareness
In the development and evaluation of the system, we received a great deal of cooperation from Mr. Akio Nakasuji, the Research Center for Disaster Science Education, Wakayama University. We will show my gratitude here.
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