In late Summer, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in association with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), hosted the 12th Annual Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness (TCIP) Conference and Exposition. As described in a recent news release, the conference:
"...brought together first responders, government officials, academic experts and others to share their knowledge of technological advances made over the past 10 years that strengthen our nation's ability to handle emergencies. Presenters, invited by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and the Department of Defense focused on the use of technology in prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Topics included responses to 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, personal location and tracking technologies, new aviation systems and tools, biosurveillance, addressing the active shooter threat, social media alerts and warnings, and more."
NIJ has recently made many of the presentations from this event available at its JustNet online site. Go here to view and/or download.
Comment: More than a few of these presentations incorporate the thought that GIS is critical to preparedness and response efforts. Happy hunting!