Monthly Archives: March 2020

Law Enforcement COVID-19 Situational Awareness Tools Now Available

March 25, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on law enforcement and other first responders, the National Police Foundation, in collaboration with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS and Esri, has developed a real-time situational awareness tool for law enforcement agencies. The tool, featuring a real-time dashboard, provides critical insights for executives, commanders, and others to better assess and monitor the impact of COVID-19, including officer exposures, diagnoses, workforce impacts, and PPE needs and projections.


The interactive tool, developed with technical support from the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation and Esri, allows agencies to provide confidential, real-time updates that are instantly incorporated into the national dashboard and map.

Additionally, this effort was mentioned by Vacaville Police Department Chief John Carli on March 25, 2020 on Fox News National.


Click Here to View the News Clip.

 

Now Available: Expanded Access to HIFLD Licensed Data for COVID-19

March 20, 2020

As Homeland Security and Homeland Defense (HLS/HD) Mission Partners respond to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, all applicable licensed datasets have been released to Local, Tribal, and Territorial users with COVID-19 operational needs.

Per the current HIFLD Data Use Agreement (DUA), NGA may provide this access “during the time of a presidentially-declared national emergency or crisis…to non-Federal governmental disaster/emergency response security agencies and personnel (referred to as “State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Mission Partners”) who are supporting HLS/HD missions.
Please note this expanded access will expire once the current declaration of a national emergency terminates.

This expanded access covers these additional data products:

  • Licensed Parcel Data
  • 2020 Roads and Routing Dataset
  • Dun & Bradstreet Business Points Data

For Current Users:

For Mission Partners with a signed Data Use Agreement (DUA) in place, your access has been automatically adjusted, and no further action is needed. Please visit the Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII) at https://gii.dhs.gov to interact with this data. If you experience technical issues with the GII, please contact the GII Support Team at DHS_GCOE@hq.dhs.gov

For First-Time Users:

Please visit https://gii.dhs.gov/hifld and click on “Request Licensed Data” to fill out a Data Use Agreement (DUA) using the code “COVID-19” for the reference number. Once approved by NGA, you will be provided access within 24 hours. Please note that in order to complete a DUA and access this data, users must have valid Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) credentials. If you need to request HSIN credentials, please visit: https://gii.dhs.gov/hifld/hsin-request or  https://www.dhs.gov/how-join-hsin.

The HIFLD Data Catalog for COVID-19 identifies all layers that are available under the current Presidential Emergency Declaration. Please reach out with any questions at HIFLD@hq.dhs.gov.

For additional COVID-19 resources, visit: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/resources/covid-19/

Call for Action! How Does your Agency Manage Resources?

March 6, 2020

Resource management is the cornerstone to preparing for and responding to incidents requiring mutual aid among agencies and jurisdictions. Currently, the adoption and use of standardized resource management policies, practices, and technology varies greatly at the local level nationwide. In order to unify efforts and improve resource management for daily operations and larger-scale incidents, we need to first understand how agencies are managing their resources today.

NAPSG Foundation is responding to this need by launching a study to form a baseline understanding on the extent of implementation of resource typing, inventorying, and management across the nation. Findings from this effort will help inform future resource management guidance that is part of NIMS and various resource management and mutual aid systems commonly in use today.

You have the opportunity to participate!

Click Here to Complete the Questionnaire

This is a Call to Action for all public safety agencies and organizations nationwide who own and/or manage resources that are used to respond to incidents of all types and sizes. Participating is easy – and by contributing, you are helping to inform NIMS and other locally-driven national guidance and programs. Instructions are provided below:

Questions? If you have questions about this research study, please send email to Charlotte Abel with NAPSG Foundation at cabel@publicsafetygis.org.