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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.

USGIF Collegiate Accreditation

Overview:
USGIF’s accreditation of collegiate Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Programs, awards colleges and universities the ability to offer geospatial intelligence certificate programs accompanying a college degree. Colleges and universities must apply and meet the guidelines and standards in order to have undergraduate and/or graduate programs accredited.
Agency: USGIF
Contact Info: info@usgif.org
URL: http://usgif.org/education/accreditation

Virtual Training: Advancements in Public Alerts & Warning Capabilities

Overview:
On September 1, 2016 the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation conducted a virtual training session with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) and the tools available to support integration and use by public safety agencies nationwide.
Agency: NAPSG
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.napsgfoundation.org/resources/virtual-training-advancements-in-public-alert-warning-capabilities-for-building-safer-communities/

Virtual Training: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)

Overview:
This course provides basic information on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). The goal of this course is to provide authorized public safety officials with: increased awareness of the benefits of using IPAWS for effective public warnings; skills to draft more appropriate, effective, and accessible warning messages; and best practices in the effective use of Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) to reach all members of their communities.
Agency: FEMA
Contact Info:
URL: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=is-247.a

Visualization of Geotechnical Data for Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Response (NAS Report)

Overview:
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 467: Visualization of Geotechnical Data for Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Response evaluate the tools and techniques used for mitigating geotechnical hazards and responding to geotechnical disasters such as landslides, rockfalls, settlement, sinkholes, and other events.
Agency: NAS
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/22215/visualization-of-geotechnical-data-for-hazard-mitigation-and-disaster-response

Volcano Alerts and the Volcano Notification Service (VNS)

Overview:
USGS system providing current alerts and subscription information for the Volcano Notification System.
Agency: USGS
Contact Info:
URL: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/updates.html

Wireless Emergency Alerts

Overview:
The Wireless Emergency Alerts system is an essential part of America's emergency preparedness. Since its launch in 2012 through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the WEA system been used more than 40,000 times to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations – all through alerts on compatible cell phones and other mobile devices. WEA is a public safety system that allows customers who own certain wireless phones and other compatible mobile devices to receive geographically-targeted, text-like messages alerting them of imminent threats to safety in their area. WEA enables government officials to target emergency alerts to specific geographic areas – lower Manhattan, for example.
Agency: FCC
Contact Info:
URL: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/wireless-emergency-alerts-wea
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Updated on October 5, 2020