Past NISC Events

Leveraging the NISC's Member Portal Resources

An overview of the new tools and apps freely available in the NISC Member Portal

Thursday, February 4, 2016
1pm Eastern / 12pm Central

This webinar is both for members to learn more about the resources available to them and for non-members to learn about the benefits of NISC membership. Topics covered will include:

  • Recent updates to the NISC Member Portal including the myTHIRA template and vUSA webapp
  • How to test drive Essential Elements of Information (EEI) templates and download them to deploy operationally
  • An overview of the NISC's upcoming information sharing exercise, CHECKPOINT 16

The presenters will provide an overview of all resources in the NISC Member Portal, and how these resources will be used during the upcoming CHECKPOINT 16 exercise that will take place May 11, 2016.


  • Doug Eades Systems Integration Manager, Kentucky Emergency Management; NISC Chair
  • Alan Spraggins G&H International Services; NISC Support Staff
  • Jeff Sopel G&H International Services; NISC Support Staff

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Leveraging the NISC Member Portal

Leveraging the NISC's EEI Resources- How to use the NISC Member Portal from NISC Consortium on Vimeo.

This webinar was designed both for members to learn more about the resources available to them, and for non-members to learn about the benefits of NISC membership. Topics covered included:

  • How the NISC Member Portal can fit your organization’s needs
  • How current NISC members use the Member Portal
  • How to test drive templates, and download those you want to implement

Our presenters provided an overview of the new NISC Member Portal and the various resources it contains. They took a close look at the Essential Elements of Information (EEI) test drives, including real-world examples of when and how they can be used.


  • Charles Werner Chief, Charlottesville Fire Department; NISC Chair
  • Doug Eades Systems Integration Manager, Kentucky Emergency Management; NISC Board Member
  • Joel Thomas G&H International Services; NISC Support Staff

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Detecting and Monitoring Disease and Illness Outbreaks -- October 23, 2014

  • Data sources and systems for public health and emergency management officials
  • Best practices, resources, and lessons learned on detecting and monitoring illness, disease, and syndrome outbreaks
  • Dr. Michael Jung, Medical Officer, Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS
  • Dr. Teresa Quitugua, Deputy Director, National Biosurveillance Integration Center, Office of Health Affairs, DHS
  • Lt. Cody Thornton, Program Manager, U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Div. of International Health Security, ASPR, HHS
Access resources & tools referenced in this webinar. An interactive recording of the event is available online. This webinar was co-sponsored with the Capacity Building Program.

Applying Technologies to Enable Effective Decision Making -- July 24, 2014

  •  Lessons Learned from CUSEC's CAPSTONE-14 Earthquake Exercise


  • Mike Stehn, Manager Applications Development, Illinois Emergency Management
  • Doug Eades, Systems Integration Manager, Kentucky Emergency Management
  • Tommy Hodge, Information Technology Director, Tennessee Emergency Management
  • Debbie Briedwell, GIS Specialist, Missouri Department of Public Safety

View the recording.

"Information Sharing for Public Safety: CUSEC's CAPSTONE-14 as a Case Study" -- July 15, 2014
  • Session I: Overview of the Exercise
    • Massive exercise with 2,500 participants from 450 counties in 7 states
    • Planning and implementing the exercise
    • Adapting this model for other regional exercises
  • Session II: Private Sector Integration
    • Public/private sector engagement with essential elements of information, mutual aid, and systems integration
    • Field to headquarters reporting with mobile apps
    • Public-private information sharing myths
  • Mike Stehn, Manager Applications Development, Illinois Emergency Management
  • Doug Eades, Systems Integration Manager, Kentucky Emergency Management
  • Debbie Briedwell, GIS Specialist, Missouri Department of Public Safety
  • Jeff Sopel, G&H International Services, Supporting Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's First Responders Group
View the presentations from Session II and from Session II.
"Mutual Aid: Tools and Technologies to Discover, Request, Acquire, and Track Resources" Webinar -- April 17, 2014
  • Understand the role, functionalities, and user communities of EMAC OS, MASS, Mutual Aid Net, ROSS, and how to access and use these capabilities;
  • Identify the value of the Mission Ready Package and how to use the MRP data model;
  • Explain the purpose and functionality of the Mission Explorer/Mission Ready Package tool and how it is used to discover planned missions and MRPs;
  • Explain the purpose and value of FEMA's Resource Typing API and how to use it;
  • Carol Walton, Chair of EMAC Executive Task Force, EMAC National Coordinating State, and Operations Branch Manager at Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
  • Doug Eades, Systems Integration Manager, Kentucky Emergency Management
  • Tommy Hicks, Assistant Executive Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs
View the recording.
"Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resilience Experiment (CAUSE)" Webinar--December 17, 2013
  • Background on the CAUSE initiative;
  • Plans and focus areas for CAUSE III; and
  • How to contribute to and participate in CAUSE events.
  • Jack Pagotto, Head, Multi-Agency Crisis Management Science and Technology, Defence R&D Canada Centre for Security Science
  • Dr. David Boyd, Director, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
"National GeoCONOPS: What It Means for State and Local Officials" Webinar--November 14, 2013 David Alexander, Director, Geospatial Management Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Chief Information Officer, discussed its benefits to state, local, and private organizations; activities, best practices, and technical resources it offers; future training and technological plans. Jeff Dulin, Deputy Chief of Charlotte, NC Fire Department and NISC Director and Treasurer, also provided an overview of the NISC, its mission, current activities, and guidance on how to join the organization. View the event's recording. View the presentations on GeoCONOPS and the NISC.
"Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE II)"--June 20, 2013 Jack Pagotto and Philip Dawe, Canada Centre for Security Science General Defence Research and Development; and Dr. David Boyd, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and other panelists presented outcomes from CAUSE II, the recent cross-border communications interoperability technology demonstration held as part of President Obama' and Prime Minister Harper's Beyond the Border vision. CAUSE II demonstrated the ability to exchange information between local, state, provincial and national systems and software applications, including Canada’s Multi Agency Situational Awareness System (MASAS), and the U.S.’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and Virtual USA (vUSA). Additionally, CAUSE II involved the use of Virtual Maine, and the Mutual Aid Support System and Mission Ready Package Tools (MASS MRP). View the event's agenda, recording, and presentation slideshow.
"Local to Global Information Sharing"--April 25, 2013 David Coggeshall, Program Director, Golden Gate Safety Network (GGSN) discussed GGSN's work with Menlo Park and Marin County fire districts; and Todd Bosse, Senior Geospatial Information Analyst, Global Hazard Information Center (GHIN), Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) presented PDC's efforts to share on a worldwide basis through the GHIN. View the event's recording, GGSN's demonstration of the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association's Common Operating Picture, GGSN's presentation slideshow, and the webinar participant list.
"Concepts in Situational Awareness and Information/Geospatial Data Sharing"--February 21, 2013 Chief Werner, Chief of the Charlottesville, VA Fire Department, discussed application of the Interoperability Continuum; governance, buy-in, use cases, and workflow; tools including mapping viewers, mobile devices, and applications; tips for implementing a common geospatial viewer, identifying existing data, and importing data on the fly; and case studies on the 2012 Derecho and Hurricane Sandy. View the event's recording and participant list.
"National Capital Region (NCR) - Geospatial Data Exchange (GDX) Initiative--December 19, 2012 Robert Horne, Chair of the GIS Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, presented on the purpose, structure, governance, membership, and implementation of the Geospatial Data Exchange. View the event'sagenda, participant list, recording, and slide show.
“Situational Awareness for Special Events: Lessons Learned from the DNC and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials”—October 25, 2012 We are happy to announce that we had a very successful virtual event on October 25, 2012, featuring situational awareness for complex special events. View the agenda, participant list, and recording of the event.

Public-Private Coordination in Emergency Response and Recovery --August 26, 2014

  • Lessons Learned from CUSEC's CAPSTONE-14 Earthquake Exercise
  • Successes and identified gaps in public-private sector integration


  • Jon Monken, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • Edie Casella, Project Administrator, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • James Williams, Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Walgreens
  • Brooke Brager, Senior Manager, Emergency Planning and Preparedness, Walmart
  • Michael Marx, Manager, Utility Operations Response, Ameren

The webinar recording will be posted shortly.

The Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE): Cross-border Information Sharing for Public Safety -- July 16, 2014

  • CAUSE is a priority in President Obama’s and Prime Minister Harper’s Beyond the Border Initiative
  • The upcoming event, CAUSE III, is the third in a series of cross-border experiments that are applicable to many bi-national relationships
  • Experiment priorities:
    • 700 MHz/PSBN interoperability protocols
    • wireless public alerting
    • cross border mutual aid
    • social media for emergency management


  • Phillip Dawe, Multi-Agency Crisis Management S&T, Canadian Safety & Security Program, Defence R&D Canada’s Centre for Security Science
  • Dan Cotter, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate

View the presentation slides.

"Mobile Apps for Public Safety" Webinar -- May 20, 2014
  • Tips for improving security, implementing policy, and designing apps
  • Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel, Director of Government Relations, APCO
  • Jay English, Director, Comm. Center/ 9-1-1 Services, APCO
  • Alex Kreilein, Office of Emergency Communications, DHS
  • Eddie Reyes, Deputy Chief, Alexandria (VA) Police Department
View the recording.
"NISC 2014--Get Involved!" Webinar--February 20, 2014  
  • Implementation projects, working groups, and products designed to address tactical information sharing (and management!) needs of first responders;
  • Strategies for communicating needs to policymakers and other stakeholders through our engagement with the White House;
  • Our involvement in helping establish Virtual USA criteria; and
  • Ways you can engage in every effort--from programmatic design to peer-to-peer capacity building.
  • Charles Werner, NISC Chair; Chief, Charlottesville, VA Fire Department
  • Jeff Dulin, NISC Treasurer; Deputy Fire Chief, Charlotte, NC Fire Department
  • Barney Krucoff, NISC Director; GIO, MD Department of Information Technology
  • Richard Butgereit, GIS Administrator, Information Management, FL Division of Emergency Management
  • Tommy Hicks; Assistant Executive Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs
View the recording and slides.
"Tools and Technologies for School Emergency Response" Webinar--December 12, 2013
  • Common communications challenges, tactics, and lessons learned for responding to school emergencies - local, state, and federal perspectives;
  • How the Computer-Based Assessment Tool (CBAT) uses 360-degree geospherical video to help emergency response personnel prepare for and respond to incidents at schools;
  • How the state of New Hampshire is preparing emergency responders with school maps that include floor plans and color-coded exit and entry points; and
  • A sample of situational awareness tools and technologies that can help schools and emergency responders prepare for emergencies.
  • Sean R. Goodwin, GIS Administrator, Division of Emergency Services, New Hampshire Department of Safety
  • Jaysen Goodwin, CBAT Coordinator, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Protective Security Coordination Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mary Schoenfeldt, Public Education Coordinator, Everett (WA) Office of Emergency Management
  • Michael O'Shea, Senior Law Enforcement Program Manager
View the recording.
"Open Humanitarian Initiative (OHI)" Webinar--September 12, 2013 Gisli Olafsson, Emergency Response Director of NetHope, Inc., discussed how NetHope, a consortium of 39 of the leading international NGOs built around the concept of collaborative effort, is leading the development of OHI which is focused on improving disaster response interoperability, visualization, and data sharing. Mr. Olafsson discussed hurdles and solutions to partnership building and stakeholder engagement and pointed out that many similarities between the challenges experienced at both national and international levels. View the event's recording and presentation slideshow.
"Maryland's OSPREY System"--May 23, 2013 Barney Krucoff, Geographic Information Officer of the State of Maryland presented OSPRY, Marylan'd situational awareness system. Key data sets, various version and implementation of the system, OSPREY's dashboard, and supporting widgets were highlighted. View the event's recording, presentation slideshow, and participant list.
"Situational Awareness for Non-Governmental Organizations: The American Red Cross"--March 28, 2013 Greg Tune, Lead Program Manager, Geospatial Technology, American Red Cross (ARC) Disaster Service Operations, discussed ARC's approach to technology: situational awareness using an Esri viewer for Adobe Flex and operation mapping using ArcGIS Online; data access and analysis: utilizing both data and map services; and mapping: pre-planned versus just-in-time. View the event's recording and participant list.
"Mutual Aid and EMAC: Automation and Integration"--January 17, 2013 Brigadier General John Heltzel, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management, presented on mutual aid, the Commonwealth's Mutual Aid Support System (MASS), its Mission Ready Package Toolbox, and the Central United States Earthquake Consortium's (CUSEC) CAPSTONE-14 event. View the event's agenda, participant list, and recording.
"GeoGuard and Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) Initiatives"—November 29, 2012 NISC members Lt. Col. Mike Domingue and Chris Diller of GeoGuard discussed the National Guard, GeoGuard, and the role of GeoGuard in regard to achieving Shared Situational Awareness. View the event's agenda, recording, participant list, and slide show.
The NISC Virtual Roll-out & Membership Drive—September 20, 2012 On 9/20/12, we held the first of a series of virtual membership drives that introduced the NISC and its membership benefits to state and local practitioners. Materials from the event are available: agenda, participant list, presentation slides, recording.