The Coast Guard responds to search and rescue requests in response to Hurricane Harvey in the Beaumont, Texas, area Aug. 30, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles)

Search and Rescue Apps Available to Aid Disaster Response

The International Association of Fire Chiefs partnered with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation to build a standardized mobile application and tool set for first responders to rapidly collect location-based information during a disaster.

The applications were built for first responders, incident command staff, and emergency operations center (EOC) staff — including local and state search and rescue teams — that are staging and responding to any type of event. Any of those groups can deploy the mobile application.

Field data collected through the tool can be visualized in dashboards, viewers, and reports to support increased situational awareness and improved decision making in the ICP and EOC.

Read more at the IAFC

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