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Lewistown's GIS Club creates app that shows natural disaster conditions

Posted: Apr 18, 2018 9:53 PM Updated:

Lewistown Junior High School's Geographic Information System Club is working to keep Montanans safe during natural disasters.

The club created an app prototype that will show real-time conditions during hazardous events.

In the fall, Lewistown's 8th grade GIS Club submitted a proposal to a statewide competition.

They had to use technology to improve and coordinate relief efforts through Fergus County during a disaster.

The app prototype is called Enviromaster.

Users would be able to scroll down and select the nature of the disaster and where it's located to view its reported status.

Abram Friesen is one of the students who helped create Enviromaster.

"I mean we had a lot of fires this year, which was definitely one of things that influenced this app and so another thing is we get a lot of snow and we definitely have a lot of problems especially when we have livestock outside and in that weather, definitely a problem we thought needed to be fixed," Friesen said.

Lewistown Junior High School won the statewide portion of the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow contest.

They received $25,000 dollars worth of Chromebooks, laptops, cameras, printers, and more.

The Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals also presented the GIS Club with a $1000 grant.

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