Overview

Enhancing public safety through the power of geospatial technology and data.
Who We Are

The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization that was formed in 2005 to overcome the challenges faced by Federal, tribal, state, and local public safety agencies.

We were reorganized in 2008 to operationalize our mission through education and research around information sharing and data interoperability associated with GIS and advanced technologies used by the public safety and homeland security communities.  NAPSG Foundation relies on a broad base of support from public safety and homeland security professionals across all levels of government.  We also work with private sector industries that are dedicated to achieving a higher level community resilience.

Our Mission

To equip emergency management and public safety with the knowledge, skills, and resources to apply decision-support technology and data in enhancing preparedness and building a more resilient nation.

Our Vision

A Nation of emergency responders and leaders equipped with the knowledge and skills in applying technology and data to change the outcome for survivors.

What We Do

We build the capacity of GIS responders and public safety practitioners to develop and use location-enabled tools that enhance mission critical decision making.  We fulfill our mission by providing education and training through live workshops, regional summits, exercises, and virtual webinars.  We also develop tools such as standard operating guides, implementation guidance, symbol sets, templates, and other resources that are easy to use.  These tools are provided at no-cost nationwide.

How We Do It

All of our programs are driven and led by local, state, and tribal practitioners.  We are the only organization dedicated to advancing the use of geospatial technology and information-sharing with a membership network of over 6,500 practitioners nationwide.  We also have Regional Leadership Teams organized around the FEMA regions and ongoing working groups with expertise on numerous priority issues and programs.  Practitioner leadership and involvement is a cornerstone to our mission and objectives.  After all, emergencies start at the local level.

History

The NAPSG Foundation was established as a supporting organization (though independent) to the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (Alliance), with whom they share a common mission and objectives.  The Alliance is a consortium of national organizations which represent local government, public safety, and health professionals with a shared vision of advancing the effective use of GIS for public safety.  It is guided by a steering committee comprised of one member from each of the eight partner organizations.  The partner organizations in the Alliance are as follows:

  • Center for Public Safety Excellence
  • International Association of Emergency Managers
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • International Association of Fire Fighters
  • International City Managers Association
  • Environmental Systems Research Institute
  • National Association of City and County Health Officers
  • National Association of State Fire Marshals
  • National Emergency Number Association
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • Major Cities Chiefs of Police Association

Established in 2006, these organizations work together in partnership for the purpose of enhancing the ability to protect our citizens from natural and man-made emergencies.  Their engagement is governed by a Charter Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding.

Today, through the NAPSG Foundation (an independent and incorporated 501 (c) (3) non profit organization), these partner organizations continue to advance the effective use of public safety GIS in pursuit of these common goals.