EBS: How to Use Shape Files Acquired From Other Sources in Everbridge Suite


How to use shape files acquired from other sources in Everbridge Suite.


Shape files can be acquired from many different county, city and state sources. The following are sources which provide geographic information and represent a reliable selection to begin collecting shape files for use within an organization. The shape file data must be prepared in a ZIP file containing KML (Keyhole Markup Language) files or SHP (shape) files, as outlined in Knowledge Base Article 000001850 - How to Determine Which Contacts Should Be Selected by a Given Weather Alert in Everbridge Suite

United States Census Maps and Data

The United States Census Bureau provides geographic data such as TIGER/Line shape files, Keyhole Markup Language files, cartographic boundary files, geographic relationship files, as well as reference and thematic maps.

Access the United States Census at the following link: https://www.census.gov/

National Historical Geographic Information System

The National Historical Geographic System (NHGS) provides aggregate census data and geographic information system (GIS)-compatible boundary files.

Access the NHGIS at the following link: https://www.census.gov/data/developers/geography/about-geography.html

NOAA's National Weather Service

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration's (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) provides shape files that the NWS uses as base maps in the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS). Weather data that is compatible with GIS software is also available.

Access the NOAA National Weather Service at the following link: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/geodata/

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

The Atlas of Historical Country Boundaries (AHCB) provides state and county shape files for use with GIS software.

Access the AHCB at the following link: http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/downloads/

Other Sources

The following sites offer mapping services for areas outside of the United States:

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