Archive of Posts by Subject

Find below a sort of posts by the major subject areas of this blog. Under each subject area title, posts are listed in reverse chronological order with the newest post at the top of each list, and the oldest post at the bottom. Although many posts contain information that is applicable to more than one subject area, each post has been assigned to just one subject area based on the author's determination of most appropriate category. 

The last update of this index occurred on: July 27, 2014.

Automated Recognition
Guarding the Gates of Freedom
ALPR Discussion Expands
More ALPR - Minneapolis Police Department
ALPR Data in Minnesota: Round Three
ALPR Issues Come to Minnesota
More on Automated License Plate Recognition - Another Brewing Storm
License Plate Readers - Another Part of the Location-Privacy Debate

Common Operating Picture - Examples, Ideas and Issues
Still Slugging It Out - And Apple is Still Loosing
Improving Disaster Resiliency Through GIS: The Philippines
HealthMap - Worldwide Public Health Situational Awareness
Interior Geospatial Emergency Management System (IGEMS)
Apple Claims to Have Invented the "Interactive Map"
Purdue's Omni Map Project
Real Time Crisis Mapping Comes to San Francisco
Google Crisis Map Follows Proven Track
Community Infrastructure Mapping System
NGA-NJVC Disaster Response Tests Continue
Observations About Security at Large Events
The New Google Maps Unveiled
Esri and Geofeedia Form Partnership to Support the Emergency Services Sector
Homeland Security Operational Planning System (HOPS)
Awareness About Awareness
Common Operating Picture Streamlines County's Sandy Response
Another Black-Eye for Apple Maps
TerraGo Map Book Effort Supports WARRP
GIS is Everywhere in Homeland Security
Apple Maps - Therein Lies the Problem
USGS Flood Inundation Mapper is Released
Long Beach Common Operating Picture - Two Edged Sword
This, or That?
New York City Domain Awareness
Utilities and Disasters: Oncor Shows the Way!
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Rio's New City Operations Center
The LA Police Department "War Room"
Bergen County New Jersey Builds State-of-the-Art EOC
GIS and Snow: Kudos To Seattle
Google Public Alerts
The Future is Now: A GIS Driven Common Operating Picture at California ISO
Unified Incident Command and Decision Support
DHS Opens Virtual USA Website
FGDC Launches Geospatial Platform
Saab's "Magic Maps" for the Military
Video: CUSEC States and DHS Demonstrate "Virtual USA" during NLE2011
Smart Grids and Disasters
Google's Crisis Map - Falling Short of the Mark
Geospatial Tech's Impact on Government's Emergency Response Efforts
USAID to Stand Up New Geospatial Intelligence Center
Map Neighborhood Concerns with ArcGIS Explorer Online

Crowd Sourcing
Philippine Disaster Digital Mappers
National Map Corps Now Implemented Nationwide
The National Map Corps Adds a Recognition Program
OpenStreetMap Use Continues to Grow
U.S. Geological Survey to Crowd-Source the Nation
FEMA Thanks Imagery Volunteers
Friendly Neighbor Friday: Analyze CAP Imagery and Help Out Victims of Hurricane Sandy
Ideas About Crowdsourcing's Future
Crowd Sourcing the National Map Crowd Sourcing Maps.....the Police Don't Want
Chicago Shovels!
The FEMA Think Tank
Things Are Jump'n In Frogtown
Safecast: Crowd Sourcing Radiation Measurements In Japan
The "Fallout" From Fukushima Continues
First Responder Communities of Practice
CrowdMapping the Chicago Blizzard

Data Streams
FEMA Seeks Input on Risk MAP Guidelines and Standards
USGS Topo Data Goes Mobile
Improvements Coming Soon at the FEMA Map Service Center
EIA Releases Energy Map for Disasters
FEMA Launches Significantly Enhanced Flood Mapping GIS Services
Emergency Journalism
California's Geoportal
Three Storm Surge Tools for New York City
New National Elevation Inventory
Mapping the Drought
DATA.GOV / Safety
Google "Seas" U.S. Navy Ships
LandScan: Disaster Planning on a Global Scale
Worried About Flooding? Check Out the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service!
The FEMA Map Service Center
Finding an Amercian Red Cross Shelter
National Pipeline Mapping System
National Levee Database
NSGIC Releases Best Practices for Geospatial Data Sharing
The Canadian Disaster Database
Trauma Center Map
USGS Emergency Response Fact Sheet
We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us
Hurricane Irene Geospatial Information Page Is Available
World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data
FEMA Issues Guidance for the Submission of Flood Mapping Data
Open Geospatial Consortium Standards: In More Places Than You Realize

DHS Geospatial Developments (See also National Preparedness and Policy)
DHS Geospatial Concept of Operations is Now Online
Fanatic Friday: FEMA Releases Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT)
NEWS FLASH: FEMA Proposes Position Qualification Standards for GIS Personnel!
DHS Webinars on Geospatial Technologies
FEMA Receives Esri's "Making a Difference Award"
Remote Sensing and Incident Support at DHS
Baby Steps - FEMA GeoPortal Online
DHS Geospatial CONOPS Version 4.0
Integration Underway: DHS Information Technology
DHS Geospatial Update PPT
FEMA Director Craig Fugate at the ESRI Users Conference

The 2014 Hurricane Season is Here
Remembering Johnston: 125 Years Later
9/11 Memorial Museum Officially Opens Today
Q: When Will the White House Be Seashore Property?
California's Latest Disaster
U.S. Disaster Review for 2013: A Quiet Year
The Power of a Picture
Amen Brother, Amen
Remembering a Shipmate
Planet Earth Disaster Loss Winner for 2012: USA, USA, USA!
Remembering: The I-35W Bridge Collapse
New Orleans Flood Protection Wall Now In Place
It's Not Just Your Imagination
Putting Fukushima in Perspective

Disaster Mapping - Planning and Response
OnTheMap for Emergency Management Version 4 Released
More Underutilized Disaster Mapping - This Time Landslide Hazards
Rock, Rattle and Roll in Southern California - With an Earthquake Map
New NOAA Product: Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map
Increased Efforts to Stop Coastal Flooding
World Disasters Report
Typhoon Haiyan Geospatial Resources
Disaster GIS at USDA
A True Great Leap Forward: China's Emergency Mapping Effort
Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards Mapping Tool
A Serious Game at Rochester Institute of Technology
A Geospatial Thought About the Response in Moore, Oklahoma
NGA and Geospatial Community Explore Using the Cloud for Disaster Response
Capability and Readiness Assessment Tool - CARAT
NY Tech Responds
Thinking About a Different Kind of Disaster Map
Disaster Modeling
Special Sunday/Monday Edition: Hurricane Sandy Geospatial Resources
The Great Shakeout
Digital Maps for Responders
Silver Jackets
MAPS - Volunteers Down Under
Technology Lessons From Disasters in Underdeveloped Countries
8:46 A.M.
Hurricane Pop Quiz
CAT 5 Hurricane - We Hope Not
Aurora Shootings: Maps and 9-1-1 Recordings
Clash of Mapping Titans: ESRI Versus Google
Emergency Management Information at the U.S. Census Bureau
NOAA's Critical Facilities Flood Exposure Tool
Mapping the Washington D.C. Storm
Comparing Mapping Approaches for the Duluth Floods
Japan Tsunami Debris Update: As Predicted, Here It Comes....
Trouble Ahead - Google Begins Charging for Maps
Maps Tell the Story of the Slow Motion Disaster: Rising Seas
Nuke the Neighborhood - Part 1
Nuke the Neighborhood - Part 2
Monitoring the 2011 Japan Tsunami Debris Field
University of Wisconsin Uses GIS to Plan for Disasters
GIS During the Recovery Phase of the Joplin Tornado
Turkey Herding in Minnesota
United Nations Humanitarian Response GIS
Pagami Creek Fire 2011
FEMA Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners - Has Been Updated
High-tech Mapping System Keeps Track of Cleanup Efforts in Joplin
Quick Action Helps Google Win Friends in Japan
UN News Centre: UN Economic and Social Council Sets Up Committee on Global Geospatial Information
Farms Get Individualized Maps to Avert Emergencies

The Challenges of Drones in U.S. Airspace
The Revolution has Started: First Commercial Drone Flight in U.S.
Police Drone Race? New York City Versus Los Angeles
News Group Joins Fight With FAA Over Drones
The Business of Drones: Minnesota
Filing Cabinet Friday: More (Wild) Drone Stories
FAA Takes Missile - Drones OK for Now
Drones to the Rescue
North Dakota Picked as FAA Drone Test Site
Amazon is Developing a Delivery Drone
OpenStreetMap Drone Test
Special Edition: Drones, Colorado Flooding, and FEMA
Camp Ripley, Minnesota - New Drone Facility
Drones and the Press: Telling the Story
Drone Pushback
Awash in Drone Stories
USGS's Unmanned Aircraft System Program
Good Drone, Bad Drone
Drone Invasion
IACP Adopts Drone Code of Conduct
Drone Update
Samurai Maple Seed
A View to the Future: Unmanned Things in the Sky
The Only Minnesota Entity To Request a License to Operate a Drone is....
Foolish Friday: "War of the Worlds" Drone Paranoia Comes to Chicago
Fooling-Around Friday: Tacocopter - Fast Food, Delivered Fast
Commercial Drones to be Added to U.S. Airspace
UAV (Drone) Mania
Gatewing UAV Video
War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

E/NG 9-1-1 and Related Systems
Text-to-911 Update
The 9-1-1 Accuracy Debate Enters a New Phase: Here Come the Legislators
Wall Street Ponders Cellphone 911 Issues
More and More 9-1-1 Cell Phone Calls are Missing Location Data
Next Generation 9-1-1 Guide for Law Enforcement
One Year Out: Text-to-911
FCC Test Findings: Cell Phone 9-1-1 Indoor Positional Accuracy
FCC Issues Report on Loss of E9-1-1 During June 2012 Storm
Mapping the EMS Response Times in LA
Colorado Wildfire: Emergency Notification System Failure
Memphis to Get New 9-1-1 System
Lost on the Way to the Fire
The 9-1-1 Carnage Continues...
Confusing Dispatches Delay Responses in Ohio
Hwy. 10, Cty. Rd. 10 Tend To Get Confused
Man Questions 911 Dispatch Error
National 9-1-1 Assessment Guidelines Released
Klobuchar Announces Committee Passage of Bipartisan Public Safety Communications Bill
Maine Cops Probe Response Delay in Murder-suicide
Wrong Street Suffix, Woman Dies
Trainee Mistakes Address, Fire Destroys Homes
Error Caused Delayed Response to Texas Fire

Emergency Response Broadband
FirstNet Update
FirstNet Communication Plan Published
Oh, Oh: Iowa Sheriff Alleges Impropriety at FirstNet

EPC Updates - Updates (no really)
Summer Break - Back in Two Weeks
No EPC Updates For the Next Week
Sorry - Out Sick
EPC Updates is Two-Years-Old
A Note to Readers
Funding Friday: And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor
Linkedin and Events
EPC Updates Is One Year Old!
Next Quarterly Meeting of the EPC - Tomorrow, June 14th!
Two New Search Features for EPC Updates
EPC Update - The Real Thing
Editor’s Special Comment: New URL for EPC Updates!
Note From Editor - Unable to Publish
EPC Meeting Information Available Along Right Side Bar
EPC Jobs Board
June 9, 2011 EPC Meeting Presentations Are Now Available
MnGeo EPC on LinkedIN

Events, Meetings, and Announcements
Registration for FOSS4G 2014 is Now Open!
First HIFLD Meeting of 2014: 5-6 February, at DEA, Arlington, Virginia
On the Conference Floor
Next HIFLD Meeting: 4-5 September, NGA Campus East in Springfield, Virginia
Public Service Announcement: UN-SPIDER Team Survey Request
Next HIFLD Meeting Heads Up: 3-4 October, Ft. Meade, Maryland
Next HIFLD Meeting Heads Up: 19-20 July, San Diego, CA
Two Toots For Tuesday
Next HIFLD Meeting: April 3-4, 2012, Silver Springs, Maryland
FEMA V Regional Interagency Steering Committee Meeting Schedule - 2012
HSEM's 2012 MInnesota Governor’s Conference Registration is Now Open
Next HIFLD Meeting: January 24-25, 2012, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Next Quarterly Meeting of the EPC - December 8th
2011 Minnesota Government IT Symposium Registration is Now Open
Catch Us If You Can - In Chicago
Minnesota Symposium on Terrorism and Emergency Preparedness (MSTEP) Conference
On "Vacation" at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference
Highlights: Today's Quarterly EPC Meeting
September HIFLD Meeting Information Released
EMI Announces: Hazards United States-Multi-Hazards (HAZUS-MH) for Floodplain Managers
Registration Now Open for the 21st Annual MN GIS/LIS Fall Conference & Workshops
September HIFLD Meeting Dates Announced
Featured Speakers for URISA/NENA Addressing Conference Announced
July InfraGard Meeting
Abstract Submission Deadline for the 2011 Minnesota Government IT Symposium is June 14th
Call For Applications for Statewide Geospatial Advisory Council
Draft Agenda for HIFLD Meeting Released 
FEMA Region V Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC) Meeting
HIFLD WG July Meeting Announcement
July 6 is the Deadline for Anoka and Hennepin Counties to Request Federal Public Assistance
President Declares A Major Disaster For Minnesota - Minneapolis Tornadoes
Terrorism, Social Media & You Conference
President Declares A Major Disaster For Minnesota

Fire Service - Urban
Fighting Fires With Glass
The "Bat-Man" Firefighting Helmet
A Wearable Map Generator for Responders
GLANSER Emergency Responder Tracking System Unveiled
Meanwhile Over In Baltimore......Naming Rights for Fire Stations
Burning Down the House
GIS as a High Tech Fire-Fighting Weapon
Fire Service - Wildfire
Yarnell Hill Fire - One Year Later, Changes Still Needed
Report Chides Wildland Firefighter Leadership on Deaths
Follow Up - The Yarnell Hill Fire
The Yarnell Hill Fire: A Different Viewpoint
The 19
2013 Wildfire Information Resources
More Wildfires on the Way
Firewise and Ready, Set, Go
Wildfire Maps and Information Resources
Location Determines If Your Home Will Burn In a Wildfire
Wildland Fire Incident Staff Rides

Open Source Comes to the Criminal Justice System
FOSS4G-NA Early Bird Registration Ends Monday, April 1st
FOSS4G-NA 2013 Conference Registration is Now Open!
FOSS4G North America Coming to Minneapolis!!!
Three Minnesota Presentations at FOSS4G North America
The Open Source Software Initiative Comes to NGA
GeoMOOSE Accepted for Three Hour Workshop at FOSS4G

Future Trends
Google Car Unveiled: No Steering Wheel
One Day Only to Buy Google Glass - April 15th
"Pay-By-the-Mile" Car Insurance Spreads to Illinois
"Minority Report Glasses" Said to Debut Soon
Google's New World - 3D Mapping With Your Phone
NGA Director Talks About the Future
Ford's LiDAR Vehicle
Night Vision for Smartphones
The War of "Where"
Tipping Point: The Revolutionary Week That Was
"Bugs" to the Rescue
Google Glass Earns Its First Ticket
Smartphone Development Advances Earthquake Response Possibilities
3D Mapping in Real-Time
Google Glass for First Response
Google Glass Update
Considering the Future: Modeling, Simulation, and Disaster Response
Concerns Over Google Glass Grow
NOAA Funds Research on Use of New Information Technologies
Augmented Reality Wars
Fishy Friday: Fish-bots Sniffing for Pollution
UN Geospatial Revolution
Fearless Friday: Driverless Car License Issued in Nevada
Freaky Friday: Seeing Through Walls With Your Cellphone
Location Determination to Within Centimeters - Using Your Cell Phone
Google's Project Glass
IBM's Deep Thunder
Look Ma, No Hands! Driverless Cars Coming to a Road Near You!
Google's HUD Glasses
Laser Message in the Sky
Smartphone Navigation for the Visually Impaired
MIT Development: The Ability to See Through Concrete Walls With Radar
Technology, Geography, Afghanistan
The Virtual World on Your Phone

Twin Cities GECCo Workshop After Action Report and Improvement Plan
The Return of the GECCo!
Twin Cities GECCo Event Materials and Presentations Now Available
Twin Cities GECCo Wrap Up
Twin Cities GECCo "Sells Out" in Just Over 72 Hours
Twin Cities GECCo Tickets Available Today!!
Dr. Carl Reed Presentation For Minnesota’s Geospatial Community
GECCo Coming to the Twin Cities

GIS-Return On Investment
Faulty GIS Data Results in San Bruno Blast Criminal Charges
FBI Investigating FEMA - Over Maps
FEMA Flood Maps Failed to Anticipate Hurricane Sandy Damage
Insurance Industry Increases Use of Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Response
GIS Touted for Disaster Response at ESRI User Conference
Looking for Answers: Gas Leak Explosion in Massachusetts
Endangered Weather Satellites
UN: 2011 was Planet's Most Expensive Year In History for Disasters
NOAA - 2011: A Bad Year For Weather Related Disasters
The Official Version: Geospatial Technologies and the Emergency Services Sector
Alabama Devotes Entire State GIS Conference to Emergency Response
Anger Builds Over Radiation Forecast Maps Withheld From Japanese Public
Disasters = Reflections on the Power of GIS
Oncology Clinic Gains Efficiency, Safety With RFID
Program That Includes Simple Mapping is the Winner
Save The World Using a GIS - In Your Browser!!!!

DHS Concerned About GPS Threat to Infrastructure
Roger Easton, Father of GPS is Dead at 93
GPS Battle Heats Up: Russia Retaliates
Microsoft's Cloud Based GPS Effort is Looking for Developers
Russian Spying Concern: GPS Towers in U.S.
Recalculating - Our Brains
More GPS Hijacking - This Time at Sea
Garmin First to Offer a Portable Heads-Up-Display
It's Baaaaaccckkk......LightSquared
Navigating Using a Microchip
Putting GPS in Perspective: Galileo Gets $8,266,230,000.00
Inside Google Spanner - A GPS Clock
GPS Shoes
Fun Friday: "Honey, Does My GPS Make Me Look Fat?"
...Down goes LightSquared, down goes LightSquared, down goes LightSquared...
LightSquared: Round 14 - Here We Go
LightSquared - Down for the Count
MicroSoft's "Avoid Ghetto" GPS Patent
The LightSquared Fight Card
A Geospatial Story for Veterans Day
GPS Jamming Devices
Europe Launches First Satellites of New GPS System
Congressional Hearings on LightSquared Interference with GPS
LightSquared Turns Into a Political Dog-Fight
Comments From the LightSquared Discussion Panel at the ESRI Survey Summit
De Lorme Announces Fall Release of InReach
Airline Pilot's Union Voices Strong Opposition to LightSquared
More on LightSquared
Save Our GPS Campaign
Technolog - 'Death by GPS': Could it happen to you?

HAZUS Annual User Conference is Only One Month Away
HAZUS Annual Conference: August 4–6, 2014
HAZUS: BIG Happenings!
HAZUS 2.1 Is Now Available
HAZUS Goes to Singapore
USGS Software: Land Use Portfolio Model and HAZUS-MH Data Extractor
HAZUS Podcasts Are Now Available
Hazus-MH 2.0 Released

Recent HSIN Developments
HSIP Gold and Freedom Released for 2013
HSIP Gold and Freedom Released for 2012
NGA Release: Homeland Security Infrastructure Program (HSIP) Video
2011 HSIP Freedom Information is Now Available
HSIP Gold/Freedom Feedback Session - Feedback Requested
HSIP Gold 2011 Released

Imagery (See also Remote Sensing)
Trending: Using Satellites to Stop Human Disasters
More Blurred Photos
Great Lakes Oblique Photo Viewer
NOAA's Hurricane Sandy Imagery Viewer
Training for the Bin Laden Raid
Blurring the World for Security's Sake: Google, Apple, and Nokia
Flood Footprints For European Insurers
Water Versus Fire - Views of Minnesota and Colorado Disasters From Above
Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami - Visualizing Before and After
Civil Air Patrol - ARGUS and ARCHER Presentation
Imagery and Maps From 9/11
Blurred Satellite Images - Living in the Post 9/11 World
Joplin, MO Tornado Disaster Imagery by Surdex
International Charter Efforts in Japan

Indoor Mapping
IndoorAtlas: Indoor Mapping Using a Building's Magnetic Footprint
Philadelphia Maps Indoor to Help Public Safety and Emergency Management
FCC E9-1-1 Workshop: Determining Indoor Locations for Responses
Floor Plan Mapper
Indoor Mapping Comes to the Android
Don't Tell My "Gamer" Son About This....

Information Resources/Lessons Learned
GIS for Airport Emergency Management
NAPSG Announces Upgraded Web Services
GIS SOG for Coastal Oil Spills
How to Post Emergency Information Online
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) InfoGram: National Response Framework Has Been Updated
Public Safety Interface of the GIS Inventory
DHS Data and Services Reference Guide
DHS Releases an Update to Private Sector Resources Catalog 3.0
ICTW Launches Website
DHS IP Releases Infrastructure Taxonomy Version 4
Interstate Chemical Threats Workgroup (ICTW) July Newsletter
Resource Guide for the Criminal Intelligence Community Just Released
Lessons From a University - Report from September 2010 Christchurch Earthquake

Scanning a City for Gas Leaks
Sector Risk Snapshots Released by DHS
Considering the EMP Threat: No Electricity - For Years
U.S. Infrastructure Crumbling - Emergency Services Sector Pays For It
Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Plan Released
Terrorism Attack on the California Electric Grid
U.S. Government Fails Security Review of Cybersystems
"Predicative Policing" Comes to Infrastructure
Front Line of the Next War
Cybersecurity - An Update
National Infrastructure Protection Month
First Successful Cyber Attack Against U.S. Infrastructure

IPAWS and Related Warning Systems
First Test of the Nationwide EAS System is Today - November 9th, 2:00 PM EST

Law Enforcement (See also Legal, Location Tracking and Social Media)
The Guardian on Predictive Policing
Texting Police - Arriving Soon at Crisis Negotiations
Maps Lead to Other Predictions: The Future of Law Enforcement?
Wearable Camera Use By Police is Increasing
NSA Scandal Could Hurt US Law Enforcement Capabilities
Predictive Policing Comes to the U.K
Eagan's New Interactive Crime Map
Rutgers Researchers Expand Risk Terrain Modeling Effort
Sex Offenders Remove GPS
FBI Uses GIS to Look for Bank Robbers
"Swatting" In LA
iPad in the Holster
Predicting Meth Labs Before They Open
Burnsville Police, Armed With........Body Cameras
What Not to Do With Social Media
Crime Scene Visualization: Is the SLR Camera Headed for the Trash Heap?
Geospatial Technology Comes to the Maurtitius Police Force
GIS Changes "Business Model" for the New Orleans Police
Mapping and the National Institute of Justice
TCIP Conference Presentation Materials are Now Available
Virginia Tech Begins Using GIS for Football Home Game Security
GIS Used to Predict Crime
Police Struggle to Keep Tabs on 'Flash Mobs'
Cops Grab Motorist GPS Data to Set Up Speed Camera Traps
Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

Legal (See also Law Enforcement and Location Tracking)
Warrantless Cellphone Data Searches Ruled Illegal by Supreme Court
Regulating GPS App Use - The Next Legal Mess
Laying Down the Law: Minnesota v. StingRay
Franken Friday: NameTag Facial Recognition Software Irks Senator
Cell Phone Searches by Police to be Reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court
Court Says: Probable-Cause Warrant Needed for GPS Tracking
Who's on First? Another Ruling on Warrantless Cellphone Tracking
Montana Has Nation's First Cell Phone Tracking Law
Privacy and Geographic Data
Italian Earthquake Prediction Court Ruling
Drones in U.S. Airspace - Privacy Gone?
New Cell Phone Cases - The Location Tracking Mess Continues
Senator Schumer to Google and Apple: Don't Be a Peeping Tom!
Preserving Freedom From Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012
Drone Arrest - Legal or Not?
The Location Tracking Mess - 7th Circuit Allows Warrantless Searches of Cell Phones 
FBI Curtails GPS Tracking
GPS Tracking: Bad Guys 1, Good Guys 0
North Dakota: First Known Use of a Drone During the Arrest of a U.S. Citizen
Supreme Court Justices Show Concern Over GPS Tracking
California Allows Warrantless Searches of Cellphones
German State Police In Hot Water for "Remote Sensing"
Supreme Court to Hear GPS Tracking Case
ACLU Files In 34 States Over Cell Phone Tracking - Police Targeted
Koreans Sue Apple Over iPhone Tracking
Judge Rules Use of GPS to Track a Cheating Spouse is Not an Invasion of Privacy
Google Loses Bid to Dismiss Street View Suit Over Privacy-Violation Claims
Street View Cars Grabbed Locations of Phones and PCs

Lighter Than Air
Navy Sends Blimp to "Map" Capital Region
Aerostats to Defend Washington, DC
A View From Above: Blimp Imagery for Disasters
Is There a Surveillance Aerostat in Your Future?
Floating Friday: Build Your Own Satellite!

Location Tracking (See also Legal and Law Enforcement)
GPS Equiped Pill Bottle Leads to Fatal Shootout
Facebook Joins the Tracking Debate
Police Mum on StingRay Use
Disney Goes "All In" on Tracking Technology
States Move on Feds Failure to Limit Tracking
Facial Recognition: VIP's to Soon Receive Same Treatment as Crooks
Using Cell Phones to Track Protesters
Spy In Your Car: The Next Privacy Battle
The FiLIP Watch
The Real Black Friday - Stores Tracking You
Tracking Seattle - No More
RFID for Teachers
The Perils of Not Being Tracked
GPS Tracking Devices in Pill Bottles
GPS for Stalkers Comes to Minnesota
GAO Report: Mobile Devices and Location Privacy Issues
Track Me Tender, Track Me True
RFID Tracking of Students Comes to San Antonio
Another Cell Phone Tracking Discovery
Geo-tracking Comes to a Cow Near You
iPhone Location App Snares Thief
Attention Shoppers - You're Being Tracked By Your Cell Phone
GPS Tracking of Domestic Abusers Comes to New York City!
Meanwhile....Over In the Senate: Senator Kirk and the GPS Act
Now Microsoft is Taking the Heat About Publishing Geo-location Data
Groupon Tracks Mobile Users’ Locations—Even If Their Apps Aren’t Open
Senators Ask Intelligence Agencies About Location Tracking of Americans
Setting Boundaries on the Use of Your Geotracking Data

Minnesota Government Shutdown (July 2011)
MnGeo Services Have Returned to Normal
Minnesota Government Return to Work
Minnesota Geospatial Services During State Shutdown - Updates
Metro Geocoder Alternatives During Minnesota Government Shutdown
Miscellaneous (Typically, Holiday Editions)
Test Your Patriotism - A 4th of July Quiz
Another Simple Thought for Memorial Day
A Globe of Miracles: The Ultimate Easter Egg
More Wisdom From the Top
Dr. Roger Tomlinson, Father of GIS, Dead at 80
A Stone of Hope
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service
Happy New Year - 2014!
Merry Christmas - 2013
Three for Christmas Eve Tuesday: Tracking Baby Jesus, Santa NORAD FAQ's, and Scary Snowman
NORAD Tracks Santa 2013
Happy Thanksgiving 2013!
50 Years On
Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month
A Halloween Prank at Its Best
What Real Courage Looks Like
A Simple Thought For Memorial Day
Wisdom From the Top
MLK Day of Service
Merry Christmas - 2012
Muddling Around Monday: Ho, Ho, Ho!
Flying Friday: Tracking Santa
Happy Thanksgiving!
Special Holiday Edition: Adapt or Die
Freedom Is Not Free
Remembering Why: Memorial Day
Happy New Year From Minnesota!
Job Opening: Minnesota Chief Geospatial Information Officer
Happy Holidays From Minnesota!!!
NORAD Tracks Santa!
Happy 235th Birthday America!

Mobile GIS Capability
DMIGS: Mamma Mia - That's a Spicy GeOoo-Rig!!! 
The Superhero GIS Van

Multiple Topics (Typically the Friday Edition - a Weak Attempt at Lessons Learned via Humor)
Flying Friday: New Radar, Turbulent Airwaves, Cheap Flight, Pizza Air, and Flying High
Figure It Out Friday III
Flip-side Friday: Answering the Call
Feuding Friday: Everybody Knows That
Friday Flash: February 14, 2014
Flat Sandwich Friday: Van Google; Fashion Police; Busted Glass; HUD Eyeballs; and News Map
Favorite Friday: Royal Flush; Twitter Slip; Axe-Murders Beware; Zombie Map; and Info Nexus
Flush It Friday - 2013 (Part 2 of 2)
Flush It Friday - 2013 (Part 1 of 2)
Freak Out Friday: Tombstone Alert, Wig Out, Facebook Dunces, Mouse Assassins, and Walking Fool
Figure It Out II Friday
Film At 11 Friday: Cyber View, Street View, Drone View, Border View, and World View
Frudge Report Friday: I Did Not Know That!
Frightening Friday: A Disaster Countdown
Food Friday: Pancake Alert!, Spying Shelves, Rhino Microchip, Fast Food, and Sausage Geography
Found It Friday: Jail Bird, Naughty GPS (Again), Candid Camera, Meow Prints, and Surf's Up
Figure It Out Friday
Fatheads of the Future Friday: Live Forever, Dead Beat, Map Head, Bad Code and Endless Maps
Foot Stomper Friday (Pssssst - Try "T")
Fad Friday: Smart Watch, Hand Chip, Spy-Bird, Kiddie Drone, and Future Map
Failing Eyesight Friday: Got Lenses?, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Seeing Stars, Sleep Texting, and End of the World
Fast Times at Ridgemount High Friday
Franklin Friday: Emptying Your Purse Into Your Head
Frustration Friday - Things Just Aren't the Way They Should Be
Feed Me Friday: Everybody's Hungry
Foreign Intrigue Friday: The Geospatial Adventures of Edward Snowden
Frantic Friday
Flathead Friday - Lots of Flat Things
Flummoxed Friday: Cat Cameras, Internet Balloons, Graffiti Drone, WiSee You, and Navigate Your Way Out of This
Final Friday
Futile Friday: Failed View, Filmed Munchkins, Fried Eyes, Fine Cameras, and Fool's Future
Follow-Me Friday: CARA, Button TrackR, ESS AVL, Sky Eye, and Nowhere to Run
Fast-Forward Friday: Gold Rush, Indoor Street View, More Eyeball Tracking, Shopper Tracking, and Party Pooper
"Furball" Friday - Real Danger While Flying Into the Future
Fibbing Friday: Speed Cameras, Sobriety Checkpoints, Tweetping, Swatted Swatting, and Lava World
Feel Good Friday: North Korea, SUPER DRONE, Big Gas, Rebellion Grows, and Mellow Out
Failed Friday: Apple Maps, Reef Recap, Map Knowledge, Keyless Locks, and U.S. Border
Failed to Study For Friday's Test Friday
Freezing Friday: Google's Everest, Smart Watch, Smart Wristband, Cool Satellites, and Legoland OZ
Future Friday: Eye Tracking Smartphone, Google Glass Upgrades, Tsunami Weapon, Drone Industry Explodes, and Moon for Sale
Fractured Friday: Earthquake Truck, Flood Photos, Iranian Censorship, Tsunami Debris, and Alpine Drone
Flying Fast Friday: Future Garb, London View, Killer Swarm, Behemoth Airship, and Landmark GPS
Fooled Friday: Google Murder?, No Missiles, The Pack, Ghost Calls, and Secret Airbase
Furious Friday: Taxes, Drones, Sextortion, Scanners, and General Quarters!
Far Away Friday: PI, Georgia, Chicago, Brazil, and North Korea
Find It Friday - Gun Map, Stealth Wear, Hot Spots, Moon Beams, Bad Map
First Friday - 2013
Flush It Friday - Parts Two and Three
Flush It Friday: Part One
Frightening Friday: Murder on Facebook, Drone Strike App, Text Contacts, Spy Bird, and Ghost Island
Full Range Friday: Hard Edge Reality to Jaw Dropping Absurd
Frantic Friday: Carts, Deals, Spies, Dinner, and Perspective
Following You Friday: St. Pete, LA, Baltimore, Green Bay, and Everywhere Else
Final Focus Friday: Time Lapse, Map Stories, Top Ten, Wind Speed, and Snooki - Before and After
Fhoto Friday: Bigfoot Blimp, E911 App Guidance, My Waterway, Track Your Kids, and Memoto
Find Something Friday: OpenStreetMap, Waze, Galileo, Your Location, and Data
Far Out Friday: Aliens, Cows, Kids, Stalkers, Pigs, and DHS
Fahrenheit 212 Friday: Faceoff, We Told You So - But You Wouldn't Listen, GPS for Powertools, Flying Squirrel Suit In Reverse, and SWEEETOTT!
Follow Something Friday: Flights, Students, Bullets, Zombies, and Noses
Five For Friday: I Did Not Know That!
Floundering Around Friday
Weekend Edition: Arctic Street View, Tracking the Mayor, GPS Thieves, QR Coding Your Kid, and Rescue Robots!
EPC Updates Weekend Edition: Meograph, Navy Drones, JFK Jet Skier, Jobs' Ghost, and West Nile in Texas
TGIF: Deadly Airports, Active Shooter Response, Right Address, Wrong Town, Cellphones Key to Investigations, and 70 Years Ago
Future Friday: APCO Annual Conference, GPS Dots/GPS Spoofing, GIS Helps Detroit, and The Lawnmower of Tomorrow
Friday's Fearsome Five: MN Disaster Declaration, Your Cell Phone Location Data Is Not Yours, Indiana Data Model Reminder, HIFLD Live!, and Smart Grid Legal Troubles
Four For Friday: Tornado Tracks, EPA Flyovers, Waldo Canyon Fire Imagery, EPC Meeting Videos
Weekend Edition: Smartphone Weather Warnings, Google's Project Glass, Bird Flu, SEC Charges LightSquared Backer Falcone With Fraud
Freak - Out Friday: You Can't Make This Stuff Up
Fusion Friday: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Fast and Furious Friday: Bird Flu, StreetView Hotwater, Female Spy, Play Cube

National Preparedness and Policy
Thinking About the "Why" Behind PrepareAthon
DHS to Brief Updated National Infrastructure Protection Plan
Friday Editorial: A Failure in Leadership
FEMA Updates Flood Mapping Standards
The First National Preparedness Report Is Issued
Nine Days Left to Comment on Draft National Frameworks
FEMA Job Offering - Brand New Position
Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8
FEMA Releases the National Disaster Framework
Makes Me Cry - NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel
White House Unveils National Strategy for Counterterrorism
The National Terrorism Advisory System Q&A's
New Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on National Preparedness

National Spatial Data Infrastructure and Open Data
Experts Say Open Data Needed for Emergency Response and Management
Open GIS Data and Information Sharing Being Considered in Nebraska
World Bank Releases an Open Data Guide for Disasters
Dakota County Leads Metro: GIS Data Now Available for Free
NSGIC Midyear Report Highlights Federal Geospatial Failures
Some Thoughts About the Importance of Who Owns Where
The Year's Best Present: MetroGIS Wants Free and Open Access to Government Data
NSDI Strategic Plan Open For Comments
The Value of Making Geospatial Data a Public Asset
Blood in the Streets - Sierra Club Wins in the California Supreme Court!
Open Data Comes to Madison, Wisconsin
GAO Report Issued: Geospatial Information
A New National Geospatial Infrastructure?
Sierra Club v. Orange County, California

Personal Safety
Ignoring Serious Risk: Using an App to Find a Stolen Smartphone
Ultimate Preparedness - Luxury Bunker
Get Ready for Severe Weather!
Use FloodSmart to Get Ready for This Year's Floods
DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Website
Tornado In the Twin Cities - What You Going To Do?

NASA Returns to Earth
The Responder as a Sensor
NOAA Satellites Helped Save 207 Last Year
Using LIDAR to Understand Earthquakes

Social Media
Google and Twitter Join Forces to Respond to Disasters
NYPD's Twitter Debacle
Twitter Alerts
Stare Down: Social Media Versus Emergency Management
San Francisco is Creating a Social Network for Disasters
Tweets By Location
Find'm Friday: FBI Uses Web Tools to Look for Boston Bombers
Boston Marathon Bombings: First Thoughts
Social Media Brief from FEMA Region V RISC
Tragedy Within a Tragedy
Be Careful What You Tweet
Seattle Cops and Twitter
Latest Social Media Findings by the American Red Cross
Recent Developments: Law Enforcement and Social Media
Trending: Social Media Use During Disasters
American Red Cross Opens a Social Media Operations Center
eStorys: Storyboarding Emergencies
"Save to Foursquare" Button
ESRI's Russ Johnson on Social Media, Disasters and More
Social Media and Emergency Management
When Social Media Equals Survival (One Side of the Coin)
New Release Features - DHS First Responder Communities of Practice
The Role of Social Media in the Aftermath of Disasters, Help or Hindrance?
Four Social Media Sites Open to Employees Jan. 3 - Mn/DOT

Software (other than HAZUS Related)
SUMMIT - GIS Modeling Software for Exercises
Featured Software: OpenQuake
And the Winner is...
RtePM Evacuation Planning Software
GeoMOOSE - The Open Source - Common Operating Picture Software
Which GIS for Disasters?
Mission Manager - FREE Software for SAR
Boxing Day Tsunami - Birth of Sahana
Featured Software: HURREVAC
RAPIER - Rapid Image Exploitation Resource
Featured Software: CAMEO
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HEC-RAS Software for River Modeling
Tickets – The FREE Open Source Computer-Aided-Dispatch and Situation Awareness Software

Situational Awareness Issues
Foolish Friday: Steam Pipe Break in St. Louis
Pipelines, Pipelines, Where Are Those Pipelines?
Failure to Understand Flood Maps, Puts Expensive Homes Under Water in South Dakota
Pipelines, Black Swans, and Data Governance
In Nuclear Crisis, Crippling Mistrust

Smartphone/Hand-Held Applications
App Teaches Children About Severe Weather
Uber Creates Protests Against the Geospatial Revolution
ESRI Updates Its Damage Assessment Template
UK's Panic Button App
Disaster-Relief Phone Apps Made Simple
APCO Launches AppComm
Vanderbilt University Researchers Develop Smartphone that Determines Gunfire Location
FIRST Bomb Response App and Other Resources for the ESS
Tablets, Apps, and Emergency Management
Microsoft Rolls Out Its First Disaster App - HelpBridge
iPhone/iPad Disaster Apps
"Color Red" Missile Attack App
ESRI Rocks! - Smartphone Disaster Survey Templates
Smartphone Earthquake Apps
PlaceRaider - The Spy in Your Pocket
Smartphone App Attack
Smartphone Avoidance
Where Will You Be In 24 Hours? Your Phone Knows....
Mobile Mapping Wars: Apple Versus Google
Keep Your Kids Safe Apps
Street View and Similar
Google Street View Now Travels Through Time
Google Street View Enters Fukushima Evacuation Zone
Street View to the Rescue?
Google's Street View X2
Google's Trike Pedals Through Central Park

More Sensors, Less Privacy, Coming Soon
ShotSpotter: Now Indoors
Gun Fire Reporting System Comes to South Florida
Wave of the Future? Police Cameras in Schools...
Just Another Day in the Privacy War
Remote Sensing in the Wrong Hands - Means Trouble
The Peacemaker Comes to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
DHS Inspector General: Chicago Region Wasted $45 Million on Police Cameras
Big Brother Is Watching You: The Town Where EVERY Car Is Tracked By Police Cameras

Top Reads
Top Five Friday (I'm Late): May 2014
High Five Friday: April 2014
Top Five Friday: March 2014
The Way Forward for 2014
EPC Updates - 2013 in Review
2012 - Ten Trends
EPC Updates - 2012 in Review
EPC Updates Resolutions for 2012
EPC Updates: Top Ten Countdown for 2011

Training Friday - Email of the Week
New Course at UWSP: GIS Applications in Emergency Management
Upcoming HAZUS-MH Training Opportunities
NEW EMI Independent Study Courses: DHS GeoCONOPS and GII
GIS Related EMI Courses for FY-2014
NEW USFA Course: Emerging Uses for GIS in the Fire Service
FEMA "Situational Awareness/Common Operating Picture" Courses for FY-2013
IS 922: Applications of GIS for Emergency Management
EMI Course Schedules Released: 1st and 2nd Semester 2012
FEMA Announces HAZUS/GIS Training Dates for Second Half FY 2012
GITA and NAPSG Announce Partnership
S-341 - GIS Specialist for Incident Management Course Dates Announced
Quick Overview Video About HAZUS Training at EMI
ICS 300 and 400 Training Dates Announced
ArcGIS 10 for Emergency Managers

U.S. National Grid
FEMA CIO Sees Value in Paper Maps
Aviation is a Focus of Latest USNG Training in Florida
Where's the Fire?
The Chief of Police Magazine Joins USNG Discussion
NAPSG Foundation: Implementation Guide to the U.S. National Grid
U.S. National Grid Equals Preparedness
U.S. National Grid is Now In the DHS Geospatial CONOPS
Some Thoughts About ICS, USNG and SAR - From a Florida Firefighter
Pushing a Rope Up a Hill...In the Rain
More on the Minnesota Marker
The "Minnesota Marker"
USNG in the Florida Field Operations Guide
New York's Volunteer Firefighters Join the Discussion: U.S. National Grid
Dubai to Use MGRS Coordinates as Addresses
Florida Firefighters Talk USNG Apps
Firefighting Friday: Two Florida Firefighters Have Something to Say
There's Nothing Like a Hot Cup of U.S. National Grid!
U.S. National Grid Maps for Minnesota
April 24, 2012: Somewhere on a Dark, Massive Parking Lot in the Washington, D.C. Metro
FEMA Moves to Review Use of U.S. National Grid!
NSARC Designates USNG as the Land SAR Coordinate System
USNG FEMA Think Tank Conference Call Transcript
Here We Go: Today's FEMA Think Tank Conference Call
USNG as Topic for First FEMA Think Tank Conference Call
U.S. National Grid - "In" The FEMA Think Tank
Garmin Greatly Expands the Number of Units With USNG Capability
MGRS - New Kid on the Block
U.S. National Grid and the New U.S. Topo
FEMA's Responder Knowledge Base - Highlights the U.S. National Grid
99 Cents Gets You the U.S. National Grid on Your iPhone
Delta State Releases Prototype U.S. National Grid Interface for the Irene Response
NFPA completes Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service
Universal Geocoding from NAC Assigns Unique Codes to Every Location on Earth
FEMA Director Craig Fugate and Staff Comment on the Importance of the U.S. National Grid
ESRI US National Grid (USNG) Map Service Now Available

Webinar: DHS Geospatial Infrastructure (GII) - May 27th, 1:00 PM EDT
Webinar: Next Generation 9-1-1
Free Webinar: Google's Crisis Response Team
FREE Webinar: NISC 2014 - Get Involved! - TOMORROW, Thursday, February 20th, 1:00 Central
Upcoming School Response Tech Seminar
It's a Doubleheader: Two Great Ways to Play Ball!
FREE Webinar: The National Geospatial Platform - TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 22nd, 1:00 Central
Free GITA Sponsored Training: Hazardous Material Plume Pre-plan Maps
Free ASPRS Webinar: Charting the Course of FEMA's Digital Flood Hazard Data
USNG Implementation Guide Webinar
Busy Bees: NAPSG Online Training Opportunities
NAPSG Online Training Session: DHS Geospatial Infrastructure and FGDC Geospatial Platform
Webinar: The Indiana Data Mode
Webinar: Talbot Brooks on TerraGo Publisher for ArcGIS
Free Virtual Seminar - Statewide GIS Data for Public Safety
Itttt's Baaaaaack - EMI's Social Media Webinar
EMI Webinar: Social Media
Hazus User Group (HUG) Conference Calls - Today, October 25, 2011
Central HAZUS Users Group Teleconference - Today: 1:00 CDT
Webinar: Emergency Response Managers Seek Mobile Capabilities and Real-time Communications (The Other Side of the Coin)
HAZUS User Group Conference Calls - August 16th
Webinar: Discovering GIS Information that Supports Public Safety
NSGIC Geospatial Preparedness Committee Releases Recorded Webinar
Next HAZUS-MH Central HAZUS Users Group (CHUG) Teleconference
Updated HAZUS for Decision Makers Webinar (FREE!)

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