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: []
  12. USGS Water Watch: []
  13. CoCoRaHS Citizen Report Rain Gauges: []
  14. Hourly Precipitation Estimates: []
  15. NWS Enhanced Data Display: []
  16. GOES16 Satellite*: []
  17. Satellite Locations*: []
  18. Zulu Time Table: []
  19. Heat Stress Index Calculator*: []
  20. US Wind Vector Map: []
  21. VA Air Quality Website: []

Emergency Operations Center Folder

  1. FEMA ICS Forms Library: []
  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

Ashley Morris


CEM | MD Emergency Management | Preparedness & Alerts & Plans | IMT | Social Media | VOST | SVI | Weather Forecasting | Geoscientist | GIS | ♥️🚒 #EMGTwitter