Best Practices

Geospatial best practices represent methodologies, techniques or procedures that are widely recognized as the path most likely to ensure success. Best practices are derived through retrospective analysis of events and actions and are often the result of numerous case studies, establishing their applicability and utility. Best practices are conceptualized to allow the reader to adapt them to their organization and operations. They are used to support planning and the development of standard operating procedures and can be supported through case studies.

_Best Practice – Data Preparedness

SUMMARY: Data Preparedness is a deliberate effort to ensure your organization has the right data in the right format and is ready to act with confidence when called upon. These efforts normally focus on the following three types of data: Static data you prepare and hold in your organization like asset inventories Static data you Read More...

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Best Practice – Advisory Base Flood Elevations

FEMA conducted a new flood frequency analysis and determined that current base elevations for many communities impacted by the storms were too low.

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Best Practice – California Earthquake Clearinghouse

Following an earthquake, the Clearinghouse establishes a temporary physical location, generally with easy access to both the damaged area and emergency operations field facilities.

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Best Practice – City of Manassas, Virginia

In effort to increase efficiency in the Electric department, the City of Manassas has developed a system to consume the existing electric GIS data to create a connected electrical system Map Viewer.

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Best Practice – DHS Common Operating Picture

The DHS Common Operational Picture (COP) is the core DHS strategic situational awareness (SA) capability for the DHS.

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Best Practice – DHS Geospatial Information Infrastructure

The Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII) provides a platform for users to access trusted geospatial data, map services, and geospatial applications. Two of the key geospatial applications that are available on the GII are Portal for ArcGIS and OneView.

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Best Practice – Disaster Clearinghouses

The Disaster Clearinghouses provide an ideal opportunity to access information on observed damages missed in formal program-based data collection efforts.

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Best Practice – Disaster Data and Production

The need for a centralized debris database was identified almost immediately and hasty plans were made to design and develop it.

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Best Practice – ENVAS for Environmental Assessments

The Environmental Program is an important part of this FEMA regional organization whose mission is to ensure that FEMA’s activities (including disaster response, recovery, and hazard mitigation) are carried out in a manner consistent with national environmental policies, i.e. with minimum adverse environmental impacts.

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Best Practice – Estimating Search and Rescue Requirements

FEMA has developed a methodology to calculate the collapse rates of completely damaged structures, based on their building types.

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Best Practice – FEMA Damage Polygons

Imagery derived data products support the immediate information requirements for Response and Recovery operations by allowing fixed facilities to analyze imagery data and quickly share the results with field teams, state/local entities, and the DHS COP with minimal effort. In support of FEMA, NGA provides damage analysis in the form of Imagery Derived Polygons (IDPs) for specific targeted areas.

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Best Practice – FEMA Post Katrina Damage Assessment for Individual Assistance

In response to Hurricane Katrina, FEMA developed a strategy to utilize post-event imagery and other geospatial analysis to assess residential losses.

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Best Practice – FEMA Region VI Field Data Collection Tool

FEMA Region VI initiated a pilot effort to develop a Field Data Collection Tool to assist in managing the debris mission.

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Best Practice – Flood Inundation Mapper

The USGS Flood Inundation Mapper (FIM) combines flood inundation static map libraries with real-time USGS river-level data and NWS flood forecasts into a powerful tool that helps communicate flood risk and when and where it may flood, and allows for better tools to inform local responses that can protect lives and property.

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Best Practice – Geospatial Platform

The Geospatial Platform provides shared and trusted geospatial data, services, and applications for use by government agencies, their partners, and the public.

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Updated on July 22, 2019