Publications on the Use of GIS in Emergency Management

This page provides links to articles and lectures that discuss the use of GIS for Emergency Management. The list is compiled and maintained by the Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information.

  • Emergency Management for GIS Professionals -- Free Workshop: Coverage of an Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) April 25, 2005 workshop, at New Brighton, Minnesota. Co-sponsored by MetroGIS, the Governor's Council on Geographic Information, the MN GIS/LIS Consortium and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (link is to a newsletter article in PDF format, see p. 13).
  • Data Gold for Homeland Protection: A fascinating article about the use of NGA’s Homeland Security Infrastructure Program (HSIP) data sets.
  • GISCorps: Volunteer Deployment Handbook: Fascinating document geared toward preparing GIS personnel for deployment to support disaster operations in austere conditions (PDF format).
  • HAZUS-HM Annual Users Conference: Numerous informational documents are linked from this site concerning HAZUS-HM.
  • HSEM Planning Guidance: Documents used to help local Minnesota governments develop their emergency response plans.
  • HSIN-EM: Homeland Security Information Network-Emergency Management (HSIN-EM). A PowerPoint briefing about the Department of Homeland Security’s effort to introduce a nation-wide GIS and collaborative tool for EM (PowerPoint slides).
  • Homeland Security Geospatial Data Model: Power Point briefing by the Department of Homeland Security Geospatial Management Office about the way ahead for data roll up (links directly to PowerPoint slides).
  • Homeland Security Through Palanterra: Background document on NGA’s Palanterra product, a secure, Web-enabled COP (common
    operational picture) data viewer (PDF format).
  • iCAV: Article on iCAV, a web-based geospatial analytical and situational awareness system that helps the DHS mission partners to better prepare, prevent, respond and recover from natural and man-made disasters.
  • Information on the Homeland Security Infrastructure Program - What is HSIP?: An article by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) (PDF format).
  • Infrastructure Information Collection Program (IICP): A briefing by the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection (OIP) (PDF format).
  • Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: A Community Planning Guide provides community planners—as well as planners at the institutional, State, and Federal levels—with information on planning for and responding to a mass casualty event (MCE).
  • Minnesota GIS Pandemic Needs Analysis and summary article in GIS/LIS News:  A study of state agency pandemic and avian flu outbreak responsibilities that focuses on their existing capacities and use of GIS support.
  • Minnesota Public Health Information Network (MN-PHIN) Roadmap and Recommendations for Strategic Action: Planning document for Minnesota that recommends using GIS for health related disaster preparedness and monitoring (PDF format).
  • National Geospatial Intelligence Standards: A publication by the NGA (PDF format).
  • National Response Framework: This link goes to the National Response Framework Resource Center. The core document, the National Response Framework (NRF), replaces the National Response Plan. The NRF can be downloaded here along with all other important documents related to disaster response from the Federal perspective. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) can also be found on this front page, but the Links button must be used to get to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), National Preparedness Guidelines, and the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.
  • Recommended GIS Coordination Activities for Public Safety: Developed by NSGIC and published by Directions Magazine. Provides guidance for GIS coordination within the Public Safety framework.
  • Wisconsin PHIN: PowerPoint presentation on the Wisconsin Public Health Information Network (PHIN) that uses GIS as a principal analytic tool (links directly to PowerPoint slides).


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