Sunday, March 4, 2012

IS 922: Applications of GIS for Emergency Management

On February 29, 2012, FEMA released Independent Study (IS) 922: Applications of GIS for Emergency Management.  Here are the details:

Course Description
The goal of this course is to explore how GIS technology can support the emergency management community. Topics addressed in this course include:

  • GIS fundamentals and history.
  • How GIS is used in emergency management.
  • Tools available to enhance GIS usefulness.

Course Objectives
At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the types of products that GIS can produce.
  • Explain the role that GIS plays in supporting emergency management through each phase of emergency management.
  • Understand the types of technology options that are currently available, and equip you with a list of questions and issues that you should consider when choosing the best solution for your organization.

Primary Audience
This course is designed for individuals who supervise emergency management mitigation, planning, response, and recovery operations

Prerequistes: None

Course Length: 3 hours

CEUs: .3

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Comment: This latest addition to FEMA's efforts to help the Emergency Services Sector understand GIS appears to be a solid contribution that joins the likes of the HAZUS school house course, "E190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" (for 2012 course schedule, click here) and the IS GIS Tutorial Series (additional IS and educational materials about GIS can be obtained for free by visiting the FEMA online library and searching using the "Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)" subject matter search).

However, while FEMA continues to try to do good things in the world of GIS - one would think the last thing they would want to do is use a graphic for their new course that shows a "bingo grid" map for Southeastern Minnesota!  "FEMA, may I suggest something called U.S. National Grid?"  It's a Minnesota State cartographic standard.  Check it out..... 

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