Building a Situational Awareness Toolkit for Emergency Management

Photo of Williamson County Emergency Operations Center during a tabletop exercise.

Emergency Management Folder

  1. MD/VA County Map [Includes cities, roads, and other geographic info]
  2. Fairfax County Districts and Board of Supervisors page
  3. Fairfax County Static Map Gallery [Printable Map PDFs]
  4. Fairfax County GIS Interactive Map Website
  5. County Demographics [US Census and Data USA]
  6. WebEOC Log-in
  7. Mass Notification Log-in
  8. Hootsuite Log-In [For agency page social media management]
  9. CANVA [For graphic and visual design — mostly for social media]
  10. Twitter, Facebook, and Nextdoor Log-in
  11. TweetDeck [Used for social listening and VOSTing — with pre-filled search strings to find storm reports or incident info from tweets]
  12. Report Outage/Outage Map [Call information and Visual Outage display]
  13. Volunteer Management Software

Weather Folder

  1. National Weather Service Home Office page(NWS Baltimore/Washington)
  2. NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC)homepage
  3. NWS Weather Prediction Center (WPC) homepage
  4. NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) homepage
  5. NWSChat Live Link [A chatroom with direct access to NWS Balt/Wash mets. If you don’t have an account yet, request one from their Warning Coordinator Meteorologist. EXTREMELY valuable for weather activations]
  6. Pivotal Weather [Weather Models — Free version]*
  7. WINDY [Weather observations and some basic weather modeling projections]
  8. Plymouth State Weather Center*
  9. Tropical Tidbits*
  10. Mikes Weather Page
  11. USGS Water Gauges: [https://water.weather.gov/ahps/]
  12. USGS Water Watch: [https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/]
  13. CoCoRaHS Citizen Report Rain Gauges: [https://www.cocorahs.org/]
  14. Hourly Precipitation Estimates: [https://noaa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=ed433140c2a24b67aa9f19d2e3ea1977]
  15. NWS Enhanced Data Display: [https://preview.weather.gov/edd/]
  16. GOES16 Satellite*: [https://rammb-slider.cira.colostate.edu/?sat=goes-16&z=3&im=6&ts=1&st=0&et=0&speed=130&motion=loop&map=NaN&maps%5Bborders%5D=white&lat=0&opacity%5B0%5D=1&opacity%5B1%5D=0.5&opacity%5B2%5D=0.77&hidden%5B0%5D=0&hidden%5B1%5D=0&hidden%5B2%5D=0&pause=0&slider=2694&hide_controls=0&mouse_draw=0&follow_feature=0&follow_hide=0&s=rammb-slider&sec=conus&p%5B0%5D=geocolor&p%5B1%5D=band_02&p%5B2%5D=fire_temperature&x=6771.3125&y=3393.3125]
  17. Satellite Locations*: [https://vlab.ncep.noaa.gov/web/towr-s/mmm/meso-view]
  18. Zulu Time Table: [https://www.ready.noaa.gov/READYtime.php]
  19. Heat Stress Index Calculator*: [https://www.climatechip.org/heat-stress-index-calculation]
  20. US Wind Vector Map: [http://hint.fm/wind/]
  21. VA Air Quality Website: [https://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityMonitoringData.aspx]

Emergency Operations Center Folder

  1. FEMA ICS Forms Library: [https://training.fema.gov/icsresource/icsforms.aspx]
  2. Virginia 511 Webpage [For VDOT cameras and road incidents/impacts]
  3. Maryland DOT Webpage [For MDOT road conditions and cameras]

Communications Folder

  1. Weather jargon and probability resources
  2. Translation tools and resources
  3. Varying religion communication needs
  4. Access and functional needs communication [hard of hearing/deaf resources; ASL]
  5. Screen reader tools [To check website and social media accessibility]
  6. Emergency notification message crafting guides and references
  7. Crisis communication resources and guides

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Ashley Morris

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