2022 SAG Award Winners

NAPSG Foundation

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Project Goal

Interagency data sharing is one of the key problems that GIS, specifically ArcGIS Online, is able to help public safety solve. Partnered Collaboration enabled us to quickly add users to groups and securely share data with those who needed it to perform life saving operations. This project created a uniform platform and consistent training over a 3-year period.
During this time, the platform has been adopted by more than 80 teams from 30 states, including all 28 FEMA US&R Teams since development started in 2019.
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Business Problem Solved

Urban Search and Rescue involves the location, rescue, and initial medical stabilization of trapped individuals due to structural collapse. The scope of operations can range from a single collapsed building to thousands of square miles in the event of a large hurricane. Geospatial tools and processes are key to managing safe and efficient operations. In 2021, NAPSG Foundation and organization it helped to create, the National Search and Rescue Geospatial Coordination (NSARGC) Group, established a platform for secure interagency data collection, editing, analysis, and sharing. In its first year, the SARCOP was successfully used during three major incidents, including the Champlain Tower Collapse in Surfside, FL, Hurricane Ida, and the Quad-State Tornados.

Technology Implemented

ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Survey123, ArcGIS QuickCapture, ArcGIS WebApp Builder, ArcGIS Experience Builder, ArcGIS Dashboards, ArcGIS Pro

Development Team Biography

Jared Doke has a diverse background that focuses on public safety. He has been a firefighter/EMT at a small combination department outside of Topeka, KS, a Technical Information Specialist (TIS) for Missouri Task Force One, and has conducted wildfire risk assessments on National Park structures across the country. He graduated from the University of Kansas with an MA in Geography with an emphasis on GIS where he wrote his thesis on last person behavior in Yosemite National Park. He is currently a Program Manager at the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation where his primary focus is on supporting the geospatial search and rescue community.