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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.

Modeling and Data Working Group

Overview:
The purpose of the FEMA Modeling and Data Working Group (MDWG) is to identify consistent, reliable, and authoritative models and datasets for response planning and operational decision-making for catastrophic events. The MDWG has worked to assess the current modeling systems in use, including their owners, requirements, consumers, production processes, and means of public messaging. The MDWG captures information on models and datasets, detailing information about when the dataset or model is useful during emergency response and for which hazard(s), core capabilities, and Support Functions it is applicable.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info: FEMA-MDWG@fema.dhs.gov
URL: http://gis.fema.gov/Model-and-Data-Inventory/

NAPSG Resource Library

Overview:
Key resources that National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) makes available to the community at no cost, to support agencies in advancing the use of location-enabled decision support tools. Examples of resources provided include standards, online training, US National Grid resources, and standard operating guide templates.
Agency: NAPSG
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/all-resources/

NAPSG Symbol Library

Overview:
The NAPSG Symbol Library provides a symbology framework, guideline, and symbol set to assist with incident symbol gaps in national and international symbology standards such as MIL-SPEC-2525 and ANSI 415. Symbols can be searched and downloaded for use within GIS Applications.
Agency: NAPSG
Contact Info:
URL: http://napsg-web.s3.amazonaws.com/symbology/index.html#/

National Flood Preparedness Guideline

Overview:
NAPSG Foundation worked with first responders across the country to develop this national flood preparedness guideline to help the public safety community prepare for, respond to, and recover from flood disasters. The guideline addresses key challenges often faced by floodprone communities. It also includes key workflows, including the information needs, of first responders to help Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support staff compile and deliver critical information at the right time to support data driven decision making.
Agency: NAPSG
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/National_Flood_Preparedness_Guideline_2017.pdf

National Geospatial-Intelligence (NGA) College (NGC)

Overview:
A learning institution that provides academic programs to GEOINT professionals within the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG). It employs more than 350 faculty and staff who train ~15,000 students each year. The College curriculum is represented by approximately 150 courses taught at two geographically distinct campuses. Additionally, College mobile training teams (MTTs) augment on-campus instruction by offering timely and relevant training support to the services, combatant commands, and IC professionals around the world.
Agency: NGA
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.nga.mil/Pages/Default.aspx

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS)

Overview:
The vision of NICCS is to provide the Nation with the tools and resources necessary to ensure the Nation's workforce has the appropriate training and education in the cybersecurity field. It connects Government employees, students, educators, and industry with training providers and important information necessary to strengthen the workforce.
Agency: DHS
Contact Info: NICCS@hq.dhs.gov
URL: https://niccs.us-cert.gov/

National Map Corps

Overview:
Mapping crowd-sourcing program that encourages citizens to collect structures data by adding new features, removing obsolete points, and correcting existing data for The National Map database.
Agency: USGS
Contact Info: NationalMapCorps@USGS.gov
URL: http://nationalmap.gov/TheNationalMapCorps/

National Special Security Event (NSSE) CONOPS

Overview:
During a National Special Security Event (NSSE), a Geospatial subcommittee will be formed, lead jointly by USSS and DHS, with a mix of federal state, and local government officials and law enforcement agencies. The goal of the subcommittee is to provide accurate and timely geospatial support to all stakeholders charged with securing the NSSE. This document explains what to expect from the subcommittee, and for the NSSE process in general, for communities or individuals new to the event. The document is hosted on the Geospatial Center of Excellence (GCOE) HSIN Community of Interest in the GeoCONOPS documents. A HSIN account is required to access the document.
Agency: USSS
Contact Info:
URL: https://hsin.dhs.gov/fed/GIS/Pages/GCOE.aspx

National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)

Overview:
The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is an organization committed to efficient and effective government through the prudent adoption of geospatial information technologies (GIT). A rich and diverse group, the NSGIC membership includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in geospatial information technologies, data creation and management as well as information technology policy.
Agency: NSGIC
Contact Info: info@nsgic.org
URL: https://www.nsgic.org/

National Weather Service Tutorial for using NDFD data in GIS

Overview:
An NWS tutorial for using NDFD gridded data in a GIS environment (shapefiles and floating point grids).
Agency: NOAA
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.weather.gov/mdl/ndfd_GIS_tutorial

Updated on October 5, 2020