GIS goes from being a silo technology in an organization to an integrated
enterprise solution, there is a pressing need for cross training on the
non-technical disciplines GIS staff is being asked to support. Specifically,
public safety (emergency management, police and fire services) and the ridged
work flows which accompany their daily duties, often prove foreign to those
unfamiliar with these specific disciplines. In order to accommodate their needs
in a time-sensitive situation, out experience is that by taking the 'GIS' out
of the analyst-emergency responder relationship is the best approach. The key
is to arm the GIS professional with enough knowledge so they can effectively
discern the needs of the incident commander and quickly produce the spatial
document(s) which best support decision making in an emergency.
workshop is divided into a two part structure: First, an overview of the
incident command structure and the national incident management system. We will
briefly discuss common situations specific to each discipline and show case
studies/examples of how GIS is used to support each. We will also discuss
relevant data sets to public safety and suggestions for the integration of GIS
into their organizations disaster preparedness planning. The second part of the
workshop will include an interactive emergency technology table exercise with
participants from the audience and provide take away knowledge that can be
implemented in their own organizations.
NG9-1-1 and the GIS
workshop is aimed at the GIS professional who is in one of manystages of
NG 9-1-1 implementation with their emergency communications division. We
recognize there isa sincere lack of education available aimed at the GIS
professional who may not be as versed with the9-1-1 terminology or needs.
This workshop is intended to give an overview of the changes that may
occur in the GIS data maintenance related to NG9-1-1 implementation.