January 9, 2018
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.
November 17, 2017
The article titled “Roadmap for Nationwide Geospatial Data Sharing” was featured on Trajectory, the official magazine of USGIF. It discusses the importance of using GeoCONOPS as a reliable source to support homeland security, public safety, and emergency management.
“GeoCONOPS, overseen by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Geospatial Management Office (GMO), is a strategic roadmap for national, state, local, private sector, and academic stakeholders to coordinate geospatial information, share data and tradecraft, and communicate in support of homeland security, public safety, and emergency management”, according to the article.
Rebecca Harned, Director, National & Federal for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation, said “if effective, [GeoCONOPS] is really being used to support preparedness activities—planning, exercises. It’s not something you want to try to access for the first time when the ‘big one’ hits.”
November 3, 2017
Hurricane Irma SAR GIS Hot Wash & Workshop
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Florida Fire Chiefs Association, Florida State Fire Marshal, and the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation met on November 3rd at the Orange County Fire Rescue Division Headquarters for the Hurricane Irma SAR GIS Hot Wash & Workshop.
This workshop provided an opportunity to debrief on lessons learned from just-in-time training and the use of field information collection tools and incident commander dashboards for supporting SAR and ESF4/9 mutual aid during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Additionally, this workshop focused on gathering feedback from those who received training and access to the suite of tools provided by the IAFC and NAPSG Foundation in an effort to inform their evolution and better address the core requirements identified to support their critical missions.
November 7, 2017
Over 50 Search & Rescue (SAR) leaders and GIS responders gathered in Broomfield, CO from November 6 through November 8 for the 9th annual SAR GIS Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to build capacity and advance the use of location and analytics-based decision support tools across the SAR community for missing persons and disaster SAR.
The National Park Service shared lessons learned in using GIS tools in support of routine incidents such as the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) in search of missing persons in remote wide areas. A member of the federal Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Missouri Task Force 1 provided a briefing on the use of GIS-based field data collection tools used to support disaster SAR operations in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The diversity of perspectives and experiences generated a rich dialogue around challenges and potential solutions. Paul Doherty, Chairman of the NAPSG Foundation SAR GIS Working Group, shared insight into some of the solutions that the participants identified, “Some action items are to investigate a SAR Open Data Portal, need to enhance MapSAR to support ArcGIS Online and Pro, and the use of Slack for collaborative communication.”
The second and third days of the workshop included practical hands-on training that provided the opportunity for participants to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in the latest GIS technology capabilities for SAR. The workshop culminated with a field-based and hands-on exercise where participants stressed tested the latest technology and new skills in a wide area SAR scenario.
NAPSG Foundation will be publicly publishing the workshop materials in late November. To learn more about the NAPSG Foundation SAR GIS Working Group, visit: http://arcg.is/1LuO9L.
As a member of the HIFLD Executive Secretariat, NAPSG Foundation encourages our member network to participate in the Annual HIFLD Community Feedback Session. The session will be held on Monday, December 11th, 2017.
It allows stakeholders to share experiences, lessons learned, and emerging best practices around data preparedness, national data assets available through HIFLD Open and HIFLD Secure, and to raise & discuss critical questions and issues that will inform future development and investment in infrastructure data.
Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
In-Person: USGS Facilities, Reston VA
- Conference Phone: 855-852-7677
- Call Bridge: 9999-4341-5180
Draft Agenda Available Now!
Originally published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate on October 12, 2017 @ https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2017/10/12/snapshot-st-helps-train-public-safety-practitioners-flood
Snapshot: S&T Helps Train Public Safety Practitioners in Flood Preparation
October 3rd, 2017
We are excited to share that the NAPSG Foundation Hurricane Irma Crowdsourcing Photo App is the Esri ‘Story Map of the Month’. The photo app below was created in partnership with the GISCorps.
Check it out!
September 27, 2017
The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation developed a basic overview of the most relevant available geospatial information for areas impacted by Hurricane Maria, specifically focused on Puerto Rico.
This basic story map provides information on key themes relevant to hurricane response and recovery efforts, including but not limited to:
- Shelter with status information
- Communication infrastructure locations
- Health facility locations
- Crowdsourced information on other hazards and problems such as: reported power outages, bridge collapses, etc.
- Transportation information including live traffic feeds
Check it out and share it around for those in need of basic Hurricane Maria information in Puerto Rico.
- Link: http://arcg.is/0GXa4u
September 19, 2017 – The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation launched a crowdsourcing application to help collect photos and images taken by citizens on the ground during and after Hurricane Maria.
- If you are on the ground in the impact area (and are safe!), you can contribute your photos to the app very easily using your mobile device.
- You can also use the app if you are trying to assess the type and extent of damage in the impacted areas to:
- Prepare for mutual aid response
- Support situational assessment
- Aid operational readiness for deployment to the field
- Other response and recovery functions
Check it out, share it around, and if you are there – contribute!
- Link: http://arcg.is/2f6n5z7