May 7, 2020
NAPSG Foundation recently joined forces with the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), and the Urban Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) to establish the National Pandemic GIS Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force is to develop a nationwide strategy and plan for unifying data, technology, and information sharing across the local, state, and Federal levels – to increase pandemic preparedness and unity of effort during response and recovery.
The Task Force is charged with providing thought leadership, expertise, and governance across the emergency management, public health, and technology/GIS communities. To kick-off this effort, the Task Force is developing a standard Playbook for Integrating GIS in Pandemic Response & Recovery that is based the timeline of decisions and actions carried out by emergency managers and public health official prior to, during, and after a pandemic. They are also rapidly developing a portal to curate and share out GIS-related best practices and toolkits among emergency management, public health, and technology/GIS communities for COVID-19.
We encourage our members to keep a pulse on this important initiative. We will be announcing opportunities to provide comments & feedback on the draft Playbook for Integrating GIS in Pandemic Response & Recovery, contribute best practices from the field, and become a part of ad-hoc working groups in support of the Task Force mission. Stay tuned!