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This Week's Facts:

  1. March is Red Cross Month
  2. IndianaMap Turned 52 on 3/18
  3. World Water Day Promotes Sharing Resources

Useful Tool Provides Variety of Local Data

Hoosiers by the NumbersThe Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Hoosiers by the Numbers website includes a new County Highlights feature that is full of data about the communities where you and your patrons live and work. Go to County Highlights, click a county on the map of Indiana, then select from eight different sections on each county profile: Overview, Population, Education, Commuting, Labor Force, Industry, Income, and Firm Size. Each section contains a variety of information in narrative, tables, charts, and graphs formats. Choose Lake County’s Industry section, for example, and view Average Employment by Sector for the county.

As stated on the website, the data is updated throughout the year, not just on an annual basis. The resulting tables and charts list their sources and are printable from the screen. Or download the data you need into Word, Excel, or PDF formats using the links on the top, right-hand side of the screen.

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March is Red Cross MonthMarch is Red Cross Month

According to a March press release from the American Red Cross, in 1943, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first to declare Red Cross Month in March, in order to raise funds for World War II. President Obama has signed a Presidential Proclamation for 2009, which details the services offered by the organization: “supporting our military and their families, collecting and distributing blood, helping the needy, delivering health and safety education, and providing aid abroad.”

The Red Cross website and the Red Cross Chat blog offer real-time disaster updates and information about assisting within your community. Under Your Local Red Cross (right-hand side of the main website), enter your zip code for local offices and blood drive locations. You can even donate online or shop for Reference Guides in the Red Cross store.

IndianaMap Turned 52 on March 18

IndianaMap...Fifty-two Indiana counties sharing data with IndianaMap, that is, according to a recent press release from the Indiana Geographic Information Council. IndianaMap is an electronic statewide map for Indiana.  It is used to help manage things such as hiking trails, business development, and highway construction projects.  It is particularly valuable in emergency response and recovery efforts.  If you’ve ever searched for something on Google Maps, it’s highly likely that the aerial photography came from IndianaMap.

The state Geographic Information Office was created on July 1, 2007 by Indiana Code 4-23-7.3 and located within the Indiana Office of Technology to coordinate GIS activities statewide.  The Indiana Geographic Information Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization of GIS users, professionals, and educators. Administered by an elected board of directors, IGIC is recognized as the official statewide coordinating body for Indiana geographic information.

World Water Day Promotes Sharing Resources

World Water DayMarch 22 is World Water Day.  Founded in 1992 following a United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, it was designated as a day for people to recognize the importance of freshwater and to work on developing ways to maintain that freshwater. 

This year’s theme is Transboundary Water: Sharing water, sharing opportunity.  According to the official website from the UN, cooperation between countries sharing bodies of water can “help build mutual respect, understanding and trust among countries and promote peace, security and sustainable economic growth.”  As a state bordering the Great Lakes, this is a relevant topic for Indiana.

The UN’s website includes an interactive map of World Water Day events from around the world.  It also provides posters and brochures that are available for download.  For information about the important connection between clean water and good health, see the CDC’s website.

You can find information regarding Indiana’s Water Shortage Plan on the DNR’s website.  For general information about water in Indiana, including water availability and how to obtain various permits, see the Department of Water.  You can also visit the Central Indiana Land Trust to see how you can help the environment.  The EPA is an additional source of information to learn about your local watershed.