It's still a prototype in development, but the Capability and Readiness Assessment Tool (CARAT) sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) offers a starting point for Emergency Services Sector entities interested in enhancing their use of GIS. Designed to be user friendly for those who are not GIS types, CARAT uses examples and a simple needs assessment checklist format to help Decision Makers gain command of GIS basics and conceptualize potential operational improvements. Case studies are offered within the system that correspond to the four elements of the Emergency Management Cycle: Planning, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. View the video below to understand NAPSG's overall approach to this issue, then use the CARAT link to give the assessment tool a try:
Comment: Another nice effort by NAPSG. Keep up the good work!
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