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Global Positioning System Technology for Public Safety and Emergency Response


Approximately 24 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Global Positioning System Technology for Public Safety and Emergency Response" uses applied examples to highlight the many ways GPS technology contributes to public safety and health and emergency response. General topic areas include navigation and mapping, incident reporting, resource management and allocation, damage assessment, and hazard monitoring. Within each of these areas, several examples are provided from real disaster events, emergency situations, and monitoring systems that reinforce the Global Positioning System's critical role in assisting first responders, health professionals, disaster managers, and scientists with the protection of life and property, hazard mitigation, and disaster recovery.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


The material covered in this course is related, in part, to the following capabilities from the Homeland Security Target Capabilities List:
  1. Common: Communications
  2. Common: Planning
  3. Prevent: Information Gathering and Recognition of Indicators & Warnings
  4. Prevent: Information Sharing and Dissemination
  5. Prevent: Intelligence Analysis and Production
  6. Protect: Epidemiologic Surveillance and Investigation
  7. Respond: Critical Resource Logistics & Distribution
  8. Respond: Emergency Operations Center Management
  9. Respond: Emergency Public Information and Warning
  10. Respond: Environmental Health
  11. Respond: Mass Care (Sheltering, Feeding, Related services)
  12. Respond: On-site Incident Management
  13. Respond: Responder Health and Safety
  14. Respond: Urban Search and Rescue
  15. Respond: WMD/Hazardous Materials Response and Decontamination

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. List and describe general areas in which global positioning system technology supports public safety and health and emergency response
  2. Describe practical, specific applications of global positioning system technology in public safety and health and emergency response fields
  3. Understand how global positioning system technology is integrated with existing and emerging public health and safety systems, hazard monitoring networks, emergency preparedness plans, and response protocols

Target Audiences:

First Responders, Practicing Health Professionals, Administrators, Emergency/Disaster Planners, Emergency Medical Services personnel, Other Public Health personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.