Monthly Archives: January 2018

NAPSG partners with IAFC and Esri to deploy apps for Texas & Florida Hurricane Responders

January 9, 2018

The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and Esri partnered to deploy an application that was used by a team from Florida sent to Texas with the purpose of collecting critical data in order to assist responders on the ground with search and rescue as well as damage assessment efforts. The information collected by the team was used to develop a “Commander’s View Dashboard” to assist responders with real-time decision making on the ground, which allows for more efficient use of resources and improved safety and incident management.

“The purpose was to provide capabilities for individual responders to document individual searches, photographic, geo-coded information on victim contact and any other information that needed to be captured,” said Tommy Hicks, IAFC’s chief programs & technology officer and assistant executive director.

To read the entire article posted on IAFC’s blog, click here.

Available Now! NMATE After-Action Report & Guidance on Resource Management Dashboard

January 4, 2018

The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation is pleased to share that the National Mutual Aid Technology Exercise After-Action Report and the Guidance on Resource Management Dashboards have been finalized and released. These resources are intended for use by local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal agencies, as well as organizations nationwide. Both resources are available for download and online access here.

We would like to thank our partners for the efforts they contributed over the past year that have made all this possible. The NAPSG Foundation, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), and several components of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are grateful for the invaluable contributions of time and expertise that the following agencies and organizations contributed in the planning, design, and conduct of the National Mutual Aid Technology Exercise, which was held on June 28-29, 2017, at the FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC.

Agency or Organization

Alabama National Guard
American Water Works Association
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
City of Nashua, NH Office of Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Illinois Mutual Aid Box Alarm System
International Association of Fire Chiefs
National Emergency Management Association/EMAC
National Preparedness Directorate
National States Geographic Information Council
New Hampshire National Guard
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Office of the Chief Information Officer/National Information Exchange Model
U.S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The NAPSG Foundation, DHS S&T, and FEMA appreciate the ongoing commitment by the homeland security/public safety and GIS community as we work together to solve key challenges with mutual aid technology, improve geospatial preparedness, and increase effectiveness in changing outcomes for survivors.