Virtual Louisiana is the result of the need of the Louisiana emergency response community for a common operational picture for not only day to day planning, but during emergency response. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) responded to this need and in August of 2007 Virtual Louisiana went online.
The Virtual Louisiana platform, based on the familiar Google Earth interface, requires little training. This allows for rapid deployment of critical information during any type of event. The platform also has the ability to ingest data from over 20 different file types resulting in the most interoperable geospatial platform available today.
To date, Virtual Louisiana has been used to provide support in incidents ranging from tracking H1N1 to the Rayne, LA tornado event.
Virtual Louisiana provides well over 800 data layers with frequent updates and new data added weekly. In addition to existing data, GOHSEP is currently engaged in a statewide data collection effort. For more information on this project, please visit our projects page.
Virtual Louisiana is limited to the first responder and government community; however, a public version has recently been launched. Visit LA Earth for more information on this exciting development: Go to LA Earth.
In order to use Virtual Louisiana, you must have a user account.
Download the Virtual Louisiana Client here.