2018 National Geospatial Preparedness Summit

The nation’s only preparedness summit dedicated to advancing the
use of innovative technology for first responders.

December 3 & 4, 2018
University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado

Join us for NAPSG’s 4th flagship National Geospatial Preparedness Summit (NGPS), as we bring together public safety leaders, first responders, and GIS professionals from across the nation. NGPS weaves together a unique combination cutting-edge education and training programs involving hands-on training, policy workshops, and field-oriented exercises. We will share experiences from recent disasters, deepen skills and knowledge, build relationships, and develop real solutions to the most vexing challenges in implementing innovative technology for disaster preparedness and response.

Who Should Attend?

This year, we are encouraging participation in small teams of 2-3 from each agency or jurisdiction. Each agency or jurisdiction team ideally would consist of individuals representing the following roles:

  • Decision Maker/Manager/Chief
  • First Responder/Operator/Planner
  • GIS Staff/Technologist

Which disciplines should participate?

  • Public Safety Officials & First Responders – Management level & operational public safety. Disciplines include: Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Fusion Centers, Fire/EMS, and Search & Rescue.
  • National Guard & Military – State and National Guard Bureau and military leaders who work on advancing the use of GIS for domestic operations.
  • GIS Practitioners – State GIS Coordinators/GIOs, GIS Technicians, Analysts, Specialists, GIS Managers, CTOs, IT Specialists, and Interoperability Coordinators.
  • Federal Agencies – FEMA HQ and Regions, FBI, NOAA, Depts. of Homeland Security, Justice, Commerce, Energy, Transportation, DOI, etc.
  • Volunteers Who Support Disasters – American Red Cross, Crisis Mappers, etc.
  • Infrastructure Operators – Railroads, Airports, Electric, Water and other Utilities, etc.
  • Private Sector – Only available to event sponsors or Federal Contractors for a fee.

Agenda At-A-Glance


Day 1 – Monday, December 3

  • Disaster Innovation Talks featuring an exceptional slate of Leaders blazing the trail in advancing practical uses of the latest technology in preparedness and recent disasters.
  • Hands-On GIS Training Modules focused on web GIS skills for local disaster readiness and response.
  • Master Class on Creating Impact to gain wisdom and insight from leaders in public safety who have successfully instituted change, moving their agencies and communities to higher levels of resilience and preparedness by applying  advanced technology.
  • National Roundtable on Emerging Technology to learn about the latest in location-based technology and to determine the highest priority unmet needs and requirements.
  • NAPSG’s Hosted Reception for the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Public Safety GIS

Day 2 – Tuesday, December 4

  • Disaster Ignite Talks featuring emerging leaders that have a success story to share in using advanced technology to change outcomes in the field.
    – Submit an Abstract for consideration as a Disaster Ignite Talk – deadline October 31
  • Policy Forums and Work Sessions on emerging best practices from recent events and developing practical solutions and policy recommendations to the most vexing challenges.
  • Functional Exercise to validate your ability to develop and apply technology-enabled capabilities for decision support in a real-world incident scenario.
  • Hot Wash and Debrief to develop strategies for implementing skills gained, best practices, tools, and resources discussed over the three days.
  • Map Gallery Competition and Hosted Networking Social
    Reserve a spot in the Map Gallery – deadline November 9

Optional * Day 3 – Wednesday, December 5
Post-Summit Workshops and Closed Meetings

  • National Planning Workshop is designed to bring FEMA regional planners together with a group of local and state emergency managers, planners, and GIS staff to address common challenges and solutions around deliberative, operation, and crisis action planning. The workshop also includes a component focused on methods for incorporating GIS technology and analysis into planning. The purpose of this workshop is to collaboratively validate and refine standardized frameworks and guidance around deliberative and crisis action planning across local, state, territory, tribal, and Federal agencies.
    – If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please be sure to select Day 3 (December 5) when registering for NGPS.
  • FEMA Geospatial Working Group Meeting is a closed meeting for FEMA and other Federal staff who are part of the GWG.

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