If you have not already done so, take the Independent Study class, IS-292, Disaster Basics. This will give you abroad overview of how FEMA works in disasters. The class will take about 8 hours to go through and has a finalexam you can submit online for FEMA training credit. This is found on the GIS Server, under <Administration\EMI_Training\>. Or you can find it online at: <http://www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is292.asp>.
We strive for a 24-hour turnaround, unless a higher priority is requested. All map requests from the FCO, SCO,DFCO, DSCO, or Section Chiefs have highest priority, in that order.
The two main kinds of folders at the root level of the R-IX GIS server are:
. Additional foldersoften used include National_Data and ArcReader. National_Data includes the ESRI base data as well as theNGA HSIP Gold, LandScan, NavTech Roads, and nationwide Census data. ArcReader holds all of the .MXDsand published PMFs for remote desktop distribution.1.
folders contain data available to all disasters. They are named by state (e.g., <\Static_CA\> or <\Static_NV\>). Within them, data is organized into category folders such as Trans (transportation), Utilities,Critical Infrastructure, etc.2.
folders contain only data generated by a single disaster. Each disaster has a new folder named withthe event DR number and the state (e.g., <\Event_1628_CA\>)Within each Event folder are the following folders:
– This folder contains event-related data such as tables, MDBs, shapefiles, etc. Sub-folders withinthe <\data\> folder (such as DRCs, OPs, and IA) are created as the disaster evolves.
– All maps created for the disaster that are exported as JPGs are kept in this folder.
– All PDF versions of maps are stored in this folder.
– This folder holds a collection of all of the maps (MXDs) created for the disaster. Sub-foldersare created within the <\Working\> folder as the disaster evolves (e.g., PA or Political).
Set all MXDs to relative.
(File menu, map properties, Data Source Options, Store Relative Path Names). Thisenables us to move or copy maps and folders to other servers and still have them work should the server havea melt-down or we want to archive the maps back to the region.
Be sure to include a mileage scale and North Arrow on all maps. Check to be sure your map units are set tomiles. (In the View menu, click on Data Frame properties. In the “Units” section of the General tab, click on the“Display” drop-down menu, and choose “miles.”)
Generate a PDF for
map printed during the disaster and save it in the <\Event_####_xx\PDFs\> folder.Sometimes the same maps are requested by different entities throughout the operation for different purposesand may need to be slightly modified to meet those specific needs. Even these should be saved as PDFs.
The Planning Section usually has a specific list of maps that must be updated and displayed in the conferenceroom prior to each strategy meeting; these may need to be changed daily. These maps usually include IAs andDRCs. There is often a weather map posted in the conference room as well. Planning usually gives a weather