This summer has had an unbelievable beginning. Although the news on the subject has begun to dwindle an extraordinary amount of volunteers keep sacrificing their time to help out flood victims. During the first few days of sandbagging my family and I would get calls at anytime of the day saying they could use any help they could receive. On two of those occasions when we got the call we got in the car and set out only to realize that there was only one road in and one road out and at that time traffic was backed up for several miles. After turning around I decided that there has to be a better way to see realtime traffic to avoid a similar situation.
I discovered google maps in the past. However, the amount of content available on google maps was overwhelmingly nice and a new discovery for me. One feature that I have found handy during this summers events is a realtime traffic layer that you can add to a map. On the iPhone it is also an option. With just a click you can see what streets to avoid or use.
For those lucky stars attending a conference this summer you can use the DC Metro layer to view where Metro stations are located, what color of line to take, etc. I think this will be a very useful tool for anyone going to the conference or traveling to DC. Not only does DC have a metro layer in google maps but most cities with a metro system do. Google maps is a neat tool and fun t explore all of the layers, you can even create your own layers for others to see and use.
Lastly, I would like to welcome a few new STARS that Iowa has added to our list over the past few months. Welcome Kathy Kaldenberg, Phyllis Casper, and Michael Welch.
I hope the second half of summer is more relaxing than the first for us Iowans and the nation as a whole with several other states affected by flooding and fires.
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