What is a shapefile?

A shapefile is type of file format that the popular Esri mapping software uses to store various boundaries and geometries.  The shapefile is actually made up of several individual files.  If you have access to Esri software, you can export shapefiles, and upload them to AlertFirst to overlay on the base map we provide.  Examples might be showing floodplains, fire zones, branch locations and service territories of your business, or highlighting neighborhood watch areas.  Uploading a shapefile just consists of browsing to where it’s saved on your computer or network, and we load it within seconds.

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