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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.

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) AmeriGEOSS Initiative

Overview:
The AmeriGEOSS initiative is a framework that seeks to promote collaboration and coordination among the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) members of the Americas that regionalizes GEO's global mission “to realize a future wherein decisions and actions, for the benefit of the region, are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information”. The initiative is focused on the four GEO Societal Benefit Areas prioritized by caucus members: food security and sustainable agriculture, disaster resilience, water resources management, and biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability.
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Contact Info:
URL: http://earthobservations.org/amerigeoss.php

HAZUS Training Courses (FEMA-EMI)

Overview:
Hazus training courses provide instruction in the application of the three Hazus modules: Hurricane, Flood, and Earthquake, as well as specialized instruction for application by floodplain and emergency managers. Students are instructed in all steps of the loss estimation process, from data management and inventory verification and improvement, to running a loss analysis as well as useful GIS concepts.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.fema.gov/hazus-mh-training

Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) Subcommittee

Overview:
The HIFLD Subcommittee addresses improvements in collection, processing, sharing and protection of national geospatial information across multiple levels of government in order to help provide a common foundation for data visualization and analysis. The site offers recent HIFLD news, how to get involved, and how to obtain licensed HIFLD data.
Agency: DHS
Contact Info: HIFLD@HQ.dhs.gov
URL: https://gii.dhs.gov/hifld/

HUD Disaster Resources

Overview:
HUD provides a variety of disaster resources. They partner with Federal and state agencies to help implement disaster recovery assistance. Under the National Response Framework the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) offer initial recovery assistance.
Agency: HUD
Contact Info:
URL: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/info/disasterresources

Intelligence Analyst Training Program

Overview:
FLETC offers the Intelligence Analyst Training Program (IATP), which is designed as an introductory level training program on law enforcement intelligence analysis. The program provides a firm foundation and baseline for criminal/law enforcement intelligence analysts.
Agency: DHS
Contact Info: FLETCAdmissions@fletc.dhs.gov
URL: https://www.fletc.gov/training-catalog

International Charter Space and Major Disasters

Overview:
The Charter provides a unified system for space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disasters. Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the Charter which helps in mitigating the effects of disasters on human life and property.
Agency: USGS
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.disasterscharter.org/web/guest/home;jsessionid=C6FC888FF71D49EF7CBF6CDB021855C3.intlcharter-prod4040

Map Modernization Program

Overview:
The Map Modernization Program is a multiyear Presidential initiative funded by Congress from fiscal year (FY) 2003 to FY2008, improved and updated the nation’s flood maps and provided 92 percent of the nation’s population with digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: http://www.fema.gov/map-modernization

Mapping Information Platform (MIP)

Overview:
A source for hazard information including Risk MAP, Hazus, tutorials on reading flood maps and flood insurance studies, resources for mapping partners, and web services.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/wps/portal/NFHL

Mapping the Zone (NAS Report)

Overview:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps portray the height and extent to which flooding is expected to occur, and they form the basis for setting flood insurance premiums and regulating development in the floodplain. As such, they are an important tool for individuals, businesses, communities, and government agencies to understand and deal with flood hazard and flood risk. Improving map accuracy is therefore not an academic question--better maps help everyone.
Agency: NAS, FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/12573/mapping-the-zone-improving-flood-map-accuracy

Modeling and Data Inventory

Overview:
The Emergency Support Function (ESF) Leadership Group (ESFLG) comprises the Federal departments and agencies that are designated as coordinators for ESFs or coordinating agencies for other National Response Framework annexes. The Emergency Support Function Leadership Group (ESFLG) appointed the Modeling and Data Working Group to identify and characterize the models used to support operational decision making in the context of emergency management. The Modeling and Data Inventory is a comprehensive inventory of data and models used across the federal inter agency and the linkages between them was generated on the basis interviews, followed by background research to identify inputs and outputs and additional technical information about each dataset or model.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: http://gis.fema.gov/Model-and-Data-Inventory/index.html

Updated on October 5, 2020