2017 National Geospatial Preparedness Summit

The Nation’s only preparedness summit dedicated to advancing the use of location-enabled decision support technology and data.

Registration is now Open!
When: August 7-9th
Where: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

The National Geospatial Preparedness Summit (NGPS) brings together public safety practitioners and GIS responders – to build skills in developing and implementing GIS-based decision support tools, share best practices, build peer relationships, and validate skills and capabilities through workshops and exercises. During the three days, you will have the opportunity to participate in:

Day 1 – August 7

  • Hands-On Technical Training for GIS responders and practitioners
  • National Data Preparedness Workshop for public safety operators, decision-makers, and GIS leaders
  • Site Visit to the National Water Center and its Emergency Operations Center
  • Workshop with USGIF on Strengthening Community Resilience through Location-Enabled Data, Technology, and Analysis
  • Map Gallery Competition and Networking Social
    Reserve a spot in the Map Gallery by July 1

Day 2 – August 8

  • National Plenary Sessions featuring Keynote Speakers leading the charge in advancing the use of GIS by first responders nationwide
  • Best Practice Lightning Talks and Panel Sessions focused on lessons learned from real-world events
    Submit an abstract by April 31 for consideration in presenting or serving as a panelist
  • Workshops across disciplines to develop actionable solutions for advancing GIS use in preparedness and emergency operations
  • NAPSG Foundation Reception for the Annual Awards in Public Safety GIS Excellence
    – Stay tuned for the award nomination period opening soon!

Day 3 – August 8

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Functional Exercise & Stress Test to validate your ability to develop and apply GIS-based tools for decision support in a disaster scenario
  • Hot Wash and Debrief to develop strategies for implementing skills gained, best practices, tools, and resources discussed over the three days

Travel Scholarships: As in past years, a limited number of travel scholarships will be provided to eligible applicants. The travel scholarship application deadline is May 31, and all applicants must also register.





Who should attend?*

  • Public Safety Officials & First Responders – Management level & operational public safety. Disciplines include: Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Fusion Centers, Fire/EMS, and Search & Rescue – Summit content will be applicable to all disciplines.
  • National Guard & Military Personnel – State and National Guard Bureau and military leaders who work in, or are interested in, advancing the use of GIS for domestic operations and homeland security.
  • GIS Practitioners & Responders – State GIS Coordinators/GIOs, GIS Technicians, Specialists, GIS Managers, Technology Coordinators, Local CTOs, IT Specialists, and Interoperability Coordinators.
  • Federal Agencies – FEMA HQ and Regions, Depts. of Homeland Security, Justice, FBI, Energy, Transportation, NOAA, DOI, etc.
  • Volunteers that Support Disasters – American Red Cross, Crisis Mappers, etc.
  • Infrastructure Owners & Operators – Railroads, Airports, Utility Providers, Water and Wastewater Providers, etc.
  • Private Sector – Only available to event sponsors.

*Due to space limitations, registering does not guarantee a seat at the Summit.  Participants will receive a decision notification via email within two weeks after registering.  Hotel room block details will be provided to all approved participants.






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