This project was to ingrain the skills learned in the Springfield project and make sure I could replicate them. Therefore, the process was almost entirely the same. This time, a truck carrying chlorine gas overturned on I77 in Mecklenburg, North Carolina. The deliverables were the same: a map of the incident, schools and roads, a helicopter landing site, a map of detour routes and a map of evacuation routes.
The first map I made (Fig. 1) zoomed in and out of the incident area, showing a larger view of Mecklenburg and showing the buffer area. The buffer zones in this instance were at 2 miles and 2.5 miles. The schools in the area designated for evacuation are Oakdale Elementary School, Winding Springs Elementary School, Johnson C Smith University and Highland Mill Elementary School. The two highways merging at the incident are I85 and I77.
I then created maps of the helicopter landing site, detours around the 2 mile buffer area, and evacuation routes. I designated the landing site directly north of the incident on the closest field that does not look sloped or covered by trees (see Fig. 2). It is symbolized with a red helicopter. This time there were five detour routes (Fig. 2), and 4 evacuation routes, leading to Oakdale Elementary School, Winding Springs Elementary School, Johnson C Smith University and Highland Mill Elementary (Fig. 3).
Doing this project twice with two different scenarios ended up being very useful. This second time around with Mecklenburg went much faster and I came upon substantially less roadblocks.