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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.

Elevation Data for Floodplain Mapping (NAS Report)

Overview:
Floodplain maps serve as the basis for determining whether homes or buildings require flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Approximately $650 billion in insured assets are now covered under the program. FEMA is modernizing floodplain maps to better serve the program. However, concerns have been raised as to the adequacy of the base map information available to support floodplain map modernization.
Agency: NAS, FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/11829/elevation-data-for-floodplain-mapping

Emergency Alert and Warning Systems (NAS Report)

Overview:
Following a series of natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, that revealed shortcomings in the nation’s ability to effectively alert populations at risk, Congress passed the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act in 2006. Today, new technologies such as smart phones and social media platforms offer new ways to communicate with the public, and the information ecosystem is much broader, including additional official channels, such as government social media accounts, opt-in short message service (SMS)-based alerting systems, and reverse 911 systems; less official channels, such as main stream media outlets and weather applications on connected devices; and unofficial channels, such as first person reports via social media. Traditional media have also taken advantage of these new tools, including their own mobile applications to extend their reach of beyond broadcast radio, television, and cable. Furthermore, private companies have begun to take advantage of the large amounts of data about users they possess to detect events and provide alerts and warnings and other hazard-related information to their users.
Agency: NAS
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24935/emergency-alert-and-warning-systems-current-knowledge-and-future-research

Emergency Management Institute

Overview:
Supports the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx

Esri Technical Certification

Overview:
The Esri® Technical Certification Program gives you the opportunity to distinguish yourself by becoming certified in your area of expertise, whether you’re a professional using ArcGIS® software, a developer of GIS applications, or an enterprise GIS administrator.
Agency: Esri
Contact Info:
URL: http://www.esri.com/training/main/certification

FEMA Corps

Overview:
The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) have launched an innovative partnership to establish a FEMA-devoted unit of 1,600 service corps members within AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) solely devoted to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. FEMA Corps members focus on disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities, providing support in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to supporting disaster recovering centers to sharing valuable disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/fema-corps

FEMA Geospatial Standard Operating Procedure

Overview:
The FEMA Geospatial Standards of Operation (SOP) document is prepared to facilitate the dissemination of GIS services and products during emergency events.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/24961

FEMA Online Tutorials

Overview:
FEMA multimedia tutorials on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and to support public education and outreach efforts as part of the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (MAP) strategy.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: http://www.fema.gov/online-tutorials

FEMA State Contacts

Overview:
Federal Geospatial Data Coordination Contacts by State
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: https://hazards.fema.gov/contacts/statecontacts/contacts.asp?page=AL

First Responder Core Information Guideline

Overview:
The purpose of this interactive guideline is to provide first responders and decision makers with a standardized framework for Core Operational Information, regardless of hazard. It aligns the key decision points with essential elements of information and supporting data requirements for supporting effective decision making in disasters. By design, this guideline supports flexible, scalable, and practical implementation.
Agency: NAPSG
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=e93a3dfcb08e4897a2c95f84e2f45b6d

Flash-Flood and Debris Early-Warning System

Overview:
A demonstration flash-flood and debris-flow early-warning system for recently burned areas in southern California. Partnered between USGS and NOAA.
Agency: USGS
Contact Info:
URL: http://landslides.usgs.gov/hazards/warningsys.php

Updated on May 28, 2020