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Wednesday, February 25 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Emergency Preparedness for GIS (Full day workshop, first half) and North Carolina Emergency Management – GIS Training (second half) (AICP)

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  • Emergency Preparedness for GIS (1/2 Day - First Half)
    As 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.

    This 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.

    Intended Audience: GIS Managers, Emergency Management and Public Safety professionals.

  • North Carolina Emergency Management - GIS Training (1/2 Day - Second Half)
    North Carolina Emergency Management uses GIS to run analysis for Events that occur in the state. This course will cover the Common Operating System called NC SPARTA. This is the process flow and process management system where the state participants coordinate their efforts to respond to an event. Also covered will be the viewer that is fed by the data collected in SPARTA. Locational information is also viewable in Sparta and can be used by each of the Emergency Service Functions to help determine answers for events.

    There are also a series of analysis that are done by the GIS section during an event to answer questions about amount of flooding, number of people impacted, number of buildings impacted, etc…. This information will be broken down and discussed to share.

    Finally we will discuss the capability of working with the state to recover and restore after an event. This is where data is held, how data is distributed and the information that is made available to other groups during an event.

    Intended Audience: GIS Managers, Emergency Management and Public Safety professionals.


Carla Bissette

WebEOC Adminstrator, NC Emergency Management
Carla Bissette has been a member of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management for twenty-five years; currently serving as a Business and Support Analyst within the Risk Management Section……with the responsibility as the agency’s WebEOC Administrator.  Ms. Bissette... Read More →

Hope Morgan, PLS, GISP, CFM

NC Dept. of Public Safety
Hope Morgan has been in the field of GIS and Remote sensing for 17 years.  She has a degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She was involved in the original Statewide LiDAR collection 2000-2005, NC Orthophotography collection in 2010, and the current... Read More →
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Theresa (Tari) Martin, GISP

GIS Ananlyst, Dept. of IT, City of Laurel, Maryland
Theresa Martin has over 10 years experience in emergency management and is currently the GIS Analyst for the City of Laurel in Prince George's County Maryland. She is a technical subject matter Expert for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation and member of the Mid... Read More →

Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm EST
Room 205
  Workshop, AICP

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