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E190: ArcGIS for Emergency Managers

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide the essential ArcGIS skills and knowledge to effectively use the HAZUS-MH software. The course combines lectures with hands-on exercises that present practical examples of how to use GIS for disaster mitigation and response. Course topics will include an introduction to GIS concepts; tools for symbolizing data; tools for querying and analyzing data; data management; manipulating tabular data; understanding coordinate systems; basic editing; spatial data adjustment; geocoding; and a survey of some of the advanced options provided by ArcGIS and the Spatial Analyst extension through the use of geodatabases and raster data. The course will conclude with an introduction to HAZUS-MH with a focus on how to apply the tools and techniques covered in the proceeding sections of the class.

Selection Criteria:

This course is intended for the following: state and local emergency managers; state and local GIS specialists responsible for risk assessment activities; regional personnel responsible for mitigation and response activities; other federal agencies with a need to conduct risk assessment; and state and local planners. The need to attend this training must be documented in block 16 of the application. Participants must currently use or be planning to use GIS and HAZUS. Applicants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prerequisites:

Required:

None.

Recommended:

None.

Course Length: 3 days

CEUs: 2

 
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