Incident Command Training Recommended!
How can the wider community of GIS professionals make their skills available to state and local organizations during an emergency? Zach Borst, Regional Outreach Specialist at DEMHS, has been helping VCGI understand that one of the big barriers to any member of the general public helping at any Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is lack of familiarity with the Incident Command Structure (ICS). This affects both attitudes and ability to function in the midst of a potentially chaotic situation. People who have this training are seen as potential assets to the folks running an EOC, whether at the state or local level.
So, in an effort to follow-up on the interest expressed by many members of the GIS community to "DO MORE" the next time an emergency happens, we are passing along information about some online and upcoming live (Free) ICS training. If you want to be in a position to be as helpful as possible, consider the following (we will pass along future opportunities as they come up!):
ICS 100 - Online Intro Course - Free - everything you need is downloadable from the web site - this may be required before you can attend additional trainings like the one below: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b
ICS 200 - Incident Command System for Single Resources & Initial Action Incidents
- Date: April 24, 2013
- Times: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- Location: Chittenden County Sheriff’s Office, South Burlington, VT
- Flyer with more info
- Registration Form
Save the date!
Just wanted to keep you aware that we are working on finalizing the schedule and online registration for the May 8 Roundtable which will take place at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, NH (right off I89, just over the CT River into NH - or perhaps I should say, right before you go into VT!).
Here is the list of topics that will be offered - to whet your appetite! You will notice some mini-tracks: Open Source software and GIS for Infrastructure...
• What's New with ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online - Mark Scott, ESRI
• Using LiDAR to Improve a Vegetation Management Plan - Jarrod Harper and Jeffrey Disorda, VELCO
• Custom QGIS Cartography - Tim Sinnott, Green Info Network
• USGS Funding and Programs Update - Lin Neifert, USGS
• Overview of Mapping Needs for Vermont Water & Wastewater Systems - Liz Royer, VT Rural Water Assoc.
• Beyond Queries: SQL for Everything - Bill Morris, Geosprocket, LLC
• BioFinder – Identifying Vermont’s Natural Resources Priorities - Erik Engstrom, VT ANR
• GIS at Green Mountain Power - Tom Williams, GMP
• Introduction to TileMill: How to Become a Geospatial Tile Cutter and Why You Should Care - John Van Hoesen, Green Mountain College
• LiDAR - Going Beyond Acquisition - Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne
• GIS Assists a Smart Meter Deployment - Jamie Brewster, Stowe Electric Dept. and Jarrod Harper, VELCO
• Who should care about Python? - ESRI
• Surface Modeling with Noisy, Sparse Data - John Whitman
• VCGI News and Updates
I hope to have the detailed schedule posted and registration live by about April 8.
New map product from NRCS!
March 19, 2013, Waterbury
The Board of Directors of the Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Inc. will hold a Board of Directors’ Meeting on: Tuesday, March 19, 2011, 8:30 a.m. ~ 10:30 a.m. at the Best Western Waterbury - Board Room.
A cash bar and free appetizers will be available for attendees and presenters!
NEURISA is proud to announce our first NEURISA Lighting Talks event for 2013. It will be held on Tuesday, April 16 (6-9 PM) at Dartmouth College, NH. Each presentation is limited to 20 slides which auto-advance every 15 seconds, encouraging presenters to stay on topic and on their toes! This year we are inviting University and College students to submit abstracts as well as GIS professionals.
Registration: Attendance is free. Seating is limited to 40 people, so register today.
Call for Presentations: We are actively looking for speakers. Topics include anything and everything GIS or IT related. Do you have a quick GIS or IT story to tell? Submit a presentation proposal online by going to: http://www.neurisa.org/lightningNH2013. The submission deadline is April 1st.
Here is a link to last year's Ignite Spatial Vermont presentations: http://www.neurisa.org/IgniteVT2012
Sponsors: NEURISA would like to thank the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension for their support.