Under the National Response Framework, perhaps GIS should be an Emergency Support Function, or at least at a minimum have a support annex dedicated to it. This annex could include specifying the US National Grid as the coordinate system for ground based emergency management as well as tackle numerous other challenging issues like post-event imagery, services oriented architecture, mobile capabilities, and damage assessment. ...more »
I suggest you give attention to the importance of spatial interoperability to the conduct of emergency response operations. No attention is being paid to how spatial orientation should be maintained in responding to an incident, particularly if an injury or similar localized event occurs and rapid response/evacuation is necessary. Maps provide graphic pictures of incident areas but are completely useless for precisely ...more »
There is no single other thing that to such a great degree can and will improve the preparedness the United States of America for all-hazards, for so many different reasons and often life-saving uses, at such minimal investment of resource, than a robust implementation of the United States National Grid geospatial standard (www.fgdc.gov/usng).
Mark A. Whitney