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Introduction to Geographic Information Technologies for Emergency Planning and Response


Approximately 27 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Introduction to Geographic Information Technologies for Emergency Planning and Response" is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of geographic information technologies and their applied use in emergency planning and response. Topics include geographic information systems, the global positioning system, geospatial data, and the role these and related technologies have in meeting federal mandates for preparedness and response. Case studies and scenario-based examples are presented that reinforce geospatial concepts and highlight the practical applications of geospatial tools and data in emergency planning and response.

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 geographic information technology components
  2. List emergency planning and response functions supported by geographic information technologies
  3. Understand the role geographic information technologies have in meeting federal mandates for preparedness and response
  4. Describe practical applications of geospatial technologies to emergency planning and response

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.