NAPSG holds innaugural geospatial preparedness summit
During the event the foundation also presented awards in its fifth Annual Awards for Excellence in Public Safety GIS. The national award was given to Russ Johnson, director of the Esri's Public Safety Industry. He was recognized for his efforts and accomplishments in the area of mobilization of policy safety decision makers and his work with the formalization for the Disaster Response and Assistance Program.
The Boston Regional Intelligence Center was recognized with the local award for the center's use of GIS technology to improve its planning of the 2015 Boston Marathon. This included efforts of the planners for prevention and situational awareness measures.
The summit brought over 150 participants from public safety agencies and GIS industry professionals. A goal of this summit is to facilitate partnerships between GIS personnel and those working in public safety and as first responders.
"The Summit represents a series of hands-on workshops that have been strategically designed to address some of the most pressing operational and technical challenges the public safety and GIS community faces," NAPSG Board Chairman Rand Napoli said. "It also culminates with a short tabletop exercise where first responders and GIS professionals will put to use the knowledge and skills gained in the first day in a simulated emergency scenario."