Results Released! National Incident Symbology Survey

July 19, 2015 –

We are pleased to release the Report on Survey Results: Incident Symbology. This report provides a summary of the results from the national Survey on Incident Symbology and Mapping Capabilities conducted by the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG). The purpose of the survey was to determine a baseline understanding of the level and usage of location-enabled decision support tools and standardized incident symbology. This study serves as a primary input in determining priority gaps and areas for improvement that are critical to establishing a common symbol dictionary for communicating preparedness and incident information across the entire public safety and homeland security community.

The analysis in this report extracts and shares the actionable results from the national survey. The analysis concluded that existing incident symbols are not entirely adequate or effective in supporting decision making by public safety, and there remains numerous areas for improvement in filling unmet gaps and enhancing the elements and features of existing symbols. The results illustrate that much work is still needed to harmonize and standardize incident symbology due to the diversity of standards and guidelines being used — as well as the known inconsistencies between them. Inconsistencies such as these have the potential to lead to significant operational coordination issues when multiple agencies share maps and use them in the planning and response to emergencies.

Check out the Report and gain valuable information on incident-level mapping capabilities and symbology:

To gain access to NAPSG’s existing Incident Symbology Guideline and Symbol sets Click Here – and stay tuned for updated incident symbol resources that will be released in September 2015!