2023 SAG Award Winners

Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida GIO Office

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Project Goal

The goal of this initiative was to bring GIS stakeholders across Florida to include Florida's State Agencies, Water Management Districts, and Counties to collaborate and provide updates on the ongoing GIS response efforts to Hurricane Ian. These updates included Hurricane Ian response web application development, remote sensing operations, damage assessments, requests for support, and area of interest submissions for lidar, aerial, and high water mark collections. By providing the Florida geospatial community and their local and Federal partners with a clear, consistent, useful, and collaborative forum to discover and request resources, we aimed to eliminate redundancy and streamline authoritative data sharing during the 2023 Hurricane Season.
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Business Problem Solved

Florida was able to coordinate effectively on GIS response through daily coordination calls led by the Florida GIO's Office in support of the Florida Division of Emergency Management utilizing GIS technology to accomplish a common goal of providing key GIS stakeholders the resources needed to be successful in their respective response to a major disaster. Through the documentation and sharing of open data portals, hub sites, and DEM’s AGO shared groups, we added new stakeholders to the geospatial community through the coordination calls, that previously had not leveraged these resources.

Technology Implemented

ArcGIS Hub, Survey123, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Pro.

Development Team Biography

Jason Ray, Chief Information Officer, FDEM. Jason has been with the Division for 12 years serving as the GIS Administrator for 4 years and as the as the Division's CIO, in his current role, for the last four years. He coordinates with Federal Agencies (FEMA, USGS) in regards to remote sensing, lidar, and high water mark collections.
Daniel Rydl, GIS Administrator, FDEM. Daniel has been with the Division for last 7 years, serving as the GIS Administrator in his current role for the last 4 years. Daniel serves as the State GIS Manager during activations of the State EOC coordinating GIS data and providing situational awareness to response and recovery staff.
Kimberly Jackson, Florida GIO, State Geographic Information Office, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Kimberly has been a part of Florida’s State geospatial community for over thirty years, serving in her current role as Florida's Geographic Information Officer for the last four years.