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Tradecraft

This section of the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS) is dedicated to promoting the geospatial tradecraft, professional development, and building a stronger community of interest across industry, academia, government, professional organizations and individual stakeholders. The goal is to advance education, training, and skill development to broaden, and optimize, the utility and value of geospatial across the homeland security enterprise. The section consists of training, operating procedures, capability assessment tools, templates, and other resources that are available to the community to advance the tradecraft by developing an agile, expert and diverse workforce that delivers mission-oriented results.

Alerting Authorities

Overview:
This FEMA site contains information on IPAWS’s capabilities, who can use IPAWS to send alerts and warnings, and organizations that work with the IPAWS Program Management Office to support public alerts and warnings.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.fema.gov/alerting-authorities

Alerts, Warnings, Notifications (AWN): Sensor and Alerting Integration

Overview:
Technology has greatly improved the means for near real-time Alerts, Warnings and Notification (AWN) systems that can enhance the safety and situational awareness of all sectors of our society. To date these have been focused on quickly communicating hazard information from an authoritative source to an interested stakeholder. Typically, both ends of this flow are humans, requiring thoughtful message design, review and careful wording to ensure decisive, protective actions are taken by those at risk.
Agency: DHS-S&T
Contact Info:
URL: https://communities.geoplatform.gov/geoconops/geo_tradecraft/alerts-warnings-notifications-awn-sensor-and-alerting-integration-2/

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)

Overview:
The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) professional and technologist certification programs have each received accreditation from the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). CESB voted to approve accreditation for the professional Certified Photogrammetrist (CP), Certified Mapping Scientist/Remote Sensing (CMS/RS) and Certified Mapping Scientist/GIS-LIS (CMS/GISLIS) programs, along with three related technologist certification categories – Photogrammetric Technologist, Remote Sensing Technologist and GIS/LIS Technologist.
Agency: ASPRS
Contact Info:
URL: http://www.asprs.org/Certification-Program.html

Capability and Readiness Assessment Tool (CARAT)

Overview:
The Capability and Readiness Assessment Tool (CARAT) is a tool created by NAPSG Foundation. It is designed to serve as a roadmap for public safety officials and GIS practitioners interested in learning how GIS can be applied to the public safety mission and/or in building GIS to support their agencies’ work.
Agency: NAPSG
Contact Info: admin@publicsafetygis.org
URL: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/carat/

Citizen Corps

Overview:
The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps

Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy (CRSSP)

Overview:
The USGS Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy (CRSSP) provides commercial remote sensing resources supporting U.S. Federal Civil agencies.
Agency: USGS
Contact Info:
URL: http://crssp.usgs.gov/

DHS Grant Information

Overview:
The Department of Homeland Security distributes grant funds to enhance the ability of regional authorities to prepare, prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and other disasters. Localities use grants for planning, equipment, training and exercise needs. The page provides links to get grants for such things as disaster and assistance, non-disaster, transportation, and research grants.
Agency: DHS
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/find-and-apply-grants

DHS National Operations Center (NOC)

Overview:
Operating 24/7/365, provides real-time situational awareness and monitoring of the homeland, coordinates incidents and response activities, and, in conjunction with the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, issues advisories and bulletins concerning threats to homeland security, as well as specific protective measures. Responds to DHS geospatial needs and requests.
Agency: DHS
Contact Info: NOC.GIS@hq.dhs.gov
URL: https://www.dhs.gov/office-operations-coordination

Earthquake Notification Service (ENS)

Overview:
The USGS Earthquake Notification System (ENS) provides real time text information to any email address providing the location and magnitude of an earthquake. The messages contain the basic information to plot the epicenter location and initiate model runs within FEMA HAZUS and other applications.
Agency: USGS
Contact Info:
URL: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/ens/

eGIS API and Metadata Documentation

Overview:
The eGIS API and Metadata Documentation page is covers some of the technical details about the eGIS data provided on this site, including the data dictionaries for each service as well as documentation on how the application programming interface (API) works. It explains how to programmatically access all of the geospatial data services in a variety of open formats.
Agency: HUD
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/egis/docs.html
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Updated on August 27, 2020