PrepTech Talk: Geo-enable Search & Rescue in Disasters

On June 26th, 2019, NAPSG Foundation launched the new Virtual Seminar Series called Preparedness Technology Talks – PrepTech Talks.

The first seminar in the PrepTech Talk series, “Geo-Enable Search & Rescue in Disasters”, provided participants the opportunity to train and gain access to a standardized suite of tools and common framework for geo-enabling Search and Rescue (SAR) missions for disaster response.

Training Objectives:
  • Learn who to contact in order to gain access to the existing field apps hosted by FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
  • Understand how to use basic field data collection tools (Survey123 configured with the SAR and First Responder Survey template).
  • Understand how to quickly analyze and report against live field data for situational awareness.
  • Begin to develop your own geospatial game-plan and access additional resources.

Provided below is a link to the materials used in the training and a recording of the full training seminar.

If you would like to participate in a brief hands-on exercise, please also install the Survey123 Field App on your mobile device.

  1. Go to this website  https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/survey123/resources or search for “Survey123 for ArcGIS”.
  2. Install the application; no cost to download.
  3. If you have been assigned an ArcGIS Online Username, you can use that, but it is not necessary for the exercise.
  4. More instructions provided during the virtual training.

This SAR & First Responder Geospatial Toolkit is produced & maintained by NAPSG Foundation based on work done by the USAR Field Data Working Group. This is a group of search and rescue professionals who coordinate with the purpose of preparing for large-scale incidents and developing a common data schema for field data collection.

A screenshot from the 2018 Hurricane Season showing both FEMA and State Search and Rescue waypoints on one map.

A screenshot from the 2018 Hurricane Season showing both FEMA and State Search and Rescue waypoints on one map.