Directions Magazine has an article about a free ESRI Virtual Campus session about FEMA's HAZUS tool for use in ArcGIS in disaster management and mitigation applications. I certainly plan to check it out- in light of some of the recent Lessons Learned sessions we have been going through with federal agencies on GIS support for Katrina and Rita, it will be good to see other tools and options for emergency response.
At the FedUC conference, I did sit in on the session put on by Matt Felton of Towson University on how they are working with the state of Maryland, discussing their MEGIN and EMMA tools - MEGIN provides a secure interagency (state, regional and local) portal for access to geospatial data and WebEOC, and EMMA is the GIS viewer component of this platform. Some of the issues encountered that we were aware of is that some tools like WebEOC couldn't peacefully coexist with secure firewalled networks, and robust identity management had been difficult to achieve in a large and distributed enterprise. There were a number of other sessions which I would have liked to have sat in on at FedUC.
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