The Fulton County Emergency Services E-911 Center is the centralized public safety answering point for all 911 calls within Unincorporated Fulton County and the cities of Chattahoochee Hills, Fairburn, Palmetto, and Union City as well as the Fulton County School Police and the Chattahoochee River National Park Service. Incoming emergency calls are dispatched to first response units including police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS). Priority 1 calls are those for an incident where the immediate presence of a responder is essential to save life, prevent serious injury, or to arrest a violent felon. This includes many police calls and nearly all fire and EMS calls.
This measure tracks the percentage of residents who lack convenient access to markets where healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables are sold. Factors restricting access include physical proximity, access to a vehicle and household income. The calculation of the percentage required an in-depth analysis of data related to the locations of food markets. The methodology for the analysis drew from work by the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at identifying "food deserts" across the country; however, in order to better inform policy decisions at the local level, the analysis was performed using geographic units roughly equating to neighborhoods.
There are a number of ways to measure how well a community provides its residents with opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Trust for Public Land combines a number of measures such as park acreage per resident, walkable access, and spending to derive a single park score; however, that organization rates large municipalities rather than counties. We have chosen instead to use a single measure for which data is readily available for Fulton County and its national benchmark counties: public parkland acreage per 1,000 residents. While this measure may not capture all factors determining outdoor recreational opportunities, the amount of land set aside as parkland is an important measure of opportunities for healthy outdoor activities.
This measure tracks the accessibility of locations where arts and cultural programs and events offered directly by the County are offered. A location is considered accessible if it is within a 10-mile driving distance of a residence. The area within a 10-mile driving distance was determined through analysis using geographic information systems (GIS) software.
This measure tracks the accessibility of public libraries in Fulton County. A library is considered accessible if it is within a 5-mile driving distance of a residence. The area within a 5-mile driving distance was determined through an analysis using geographic information systems (GIS) software.