GIS Response Corps Committee

Mission

To create an inclusive and representative statewide network of response corps members dedicated to:

  • Enhancing accessibility to geospatial applications, technologies, and products which assist Emergency Management Practitioners in their decision making process in the event of an emergency.
  • Delineating all-hazards emergency management planning, response and assessment considerations.
  • Creating a network for professional exchange and access to technical expertise.
  • Encouraging interactions and collaborative initiatives among those conducting Emergency Support.
  • Promoting the standardization of methods to increase the access and the value of data among many users.
  • Provide geospatial support in the event additional GIS resources are required to support emergency related missions across Indiana.
  • Identify geospatial personnel, technologies, and products that are appropriate for the emergency event.
  • Define processes and recommended data sources and technologies to support response and recovery phases of an emergency event.

Workgroup Goals and Objectives

The group is creating a statewide network of volunteers to provide GIS support to local emergency managers and Homeland Security during emergency events, like the widespread flooding across Indiana in 2008. The group is also working to identify, document and train Response Corps volunteers and local emergency management staff on GIS best-practices for before, during and after a disaster. The Committee exists to create an inclusive and representative statewide network of response Corps members dedicated to:

  • Enhancing accessibility to geospatial applications, technologies, and products to assist local government GIS staff in support of their local Emergency Management Practitioners in the event of an emergency.
  • Suggest GIS “best-practices” for local GIS staff in support of all-hazards emergency management planning, response and assessment considerations.
  • Create a network for professional exchange and access to geospatial technical expertise and resources.
  • Facilitate the sharing of geospatial data to enhance emergency response and training.
  • Encourage interactions and collaborative initiatives between local GIS Staff and those conducting Emergency Support.
  • When grant funding is pursued by the committee, we will allocate 80% of available funding to directly support the local GIS practitioners.
  • Provide forum to support training, functional exercise and experiences in support of disaster response

Documents

Emergency Management and GIS Establishing Baseline Operations
Indiana GIS Response Corps Application
Web EOC Flyer
Successful Response Starts with a Map
GIS & Disaster Management (ESRI paper)
GIS & Emergency Management (ESRI paper)
GIS for a Homeland Security Event
CTASC GIS Implementation Plan
CTASC GIS Implementation Plan: Appendix C
Recommended Trainings (September 2009)
GIS Response Corps Committee Charter

Maps

Storm Damage: January 29, 2008
Storm Damage: May 30, 2008
Tornado/Wind Damage with Flooding: May 30, 2008

Activities

Activities are updated after monthly meetings. If you’d like more information about a specific project or initiative in the interim, feel free to contact the committee chair or the IGIC Offices.

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