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.
- 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.
If you would like to participate in a brief hands-on exercise, please also install the Survey123 Field App on your mobile device.
- Go to this website https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/survey123/resources, or search for “Survey123 for ArcGIS”.
- Install the application; no cost to download.
- If you have been assigned an ArcGIS Online Username, you can use that but it is not necessary for the exercise.
- More instructions will be provided during the virtual training.
This SAR & First Responder Geospatial Toolkit is produced & maintained by NAPSG Foundation based on work performed 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.