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Monday, October 19 • 8:30am - 12:00pm
U-1: Emergency Preparedness for GIS - AICP/CM Approved 3.5

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Emergency Preparedness for GIS  (1/2 day morning workshop)  
Monday, October 19, 2015, 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Instructors: Sandi Stroud & Theresa Martin, GISP

Description: As GIS goes from being a silo technology in an organization to an integrated enterprise solution, there is a pressing need for cross training on the non-technical disciplines GIS staff is being asked to support.  Specifically, public safety (emergency management, police and fire services) and the ridged work flows which accompany their daily duties, often prove foreign to those unfamiliar with these specific disciplines.  In order to accommodate their needs in a time-sensitive situation, out experience is that by taking the 'GIS' out of the analyst-emergency responder relationship is the best approach.  The key is to arm the GIS professional with enough knowledge so they can effectively discern the needs of the incident commander and quickly produce the spatial document(s) which best support decision making in an emergency. 

This workshop is divided into two parts:

  • First, an overview of the incident command structure and the national incident management system.  We will briefly discuss common situations specific to each discipline and show case studies/examples of how GIS is used to support each.  We will also discuss relevant data sets to public safety and suggestions for the integration of GIS into their organizations disaster preparedness planning. 
  • The second part of the workshop will include an interactive emergency technology table exercise with participants from the audience and provide take away knowledge that can be implemented in their own organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the differences between emergency management and the first responder disciplines.
  • Communicate a basic understanding of the federal level response structure.
  • Examine the role of GIS in the public safety disciplines including examples of real-world solutions.

Workshop Instructor
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Theresa (Tari) Martin, GISP

GIS Ananlyst, Dept. of IT, City of Laurel, Maryland
Theresa Martin has over 10 years experience in emergency management and is currently the GIS Analyst for the City of Laurel in Prince George's County Maryland. She is a technical subject matter Expert for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation and member of the Mid... Read More →
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Sandi Stroud

Associate Vice President, Public Safety GIS, DATAMARK/Michael Baker International

Monday October 19, 2015 8:30am - 12:00pm
Terrace East

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