Public Safety Concurrent Conference:
The Science of Where

One of the most important questions in public safety is ‘Where?’

Where is the call? Where is the hydrant? Where is the closest hospital? Where do I evacuate people to?

Find out what’s new and learn how GIS technology can answer the ‘Where’ question at TUgis, the region’s largest conference dedicated to GIS technology.

Focused exclusively for public safety officials, this concurrent conference will allow you to explore what’s new in mapping in 9-1-1, police, fire, and emergency management in Maryland through specialized sessions, created for public safety officials. Topics range from user presentations, table top exercises, NG 9-1-1, and how the private sector supports public safety.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network and better understand the science of where.

Program

10:00–11:00 a.m. Paper and Web Maps: A Crawl, Walk and Run Approach to Public Safety GIS
Across the state, public safety officials are utilizing an emerging management approach—Crawl, Walk, Run—to help identify current GIS capabilities and conceptualize potential areas where GIS could improve operations. How are local and state agencies utilizing GIS technology in their daily operations? During this industry talk, multiple representatives who support GIS systems will discuss how they are building and enhancing GIS programs for the public good.
Presenters: Joanie Appell, Anne Arundel County Fire Department; Shelby Zelonis, Montgomery County Police Department; Anne-Sarra Blevins, Anne Arundel County Police Department; Will Melville, Maryland Emergency Management Agency; Tim Hutchinson, Government of the District of Columbia
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Private Sector Support of Public Safety (NAPSG /ESRI)
Apps, maps, and tools developed to streamline the work for GIS personnel in public safety.
Presenters: Rebecca Harned, National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation; Anthony Puzzo, ESRI
12:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch and Exhibit Hall Networking
1:30–2:00 p.m. Exhibitor Showcase
2:00–3:00 p.m. Maryland’s Centralized Resource to Better NG911 Data Management
NG911 concerns and issues facing the 24 PSAPs in the state, including boundary issues, standard discussion, projection concerns, and statewide NG911 goal achievement.
Presenters: Peter Hanna, City of Baltimore
3:00–3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:30–4:30 p.m. Table Top Exercise: How GIS can be used in an Emergency
End the day with a table top exercise demonstrating how GIS can aid public safety agencies during and after a response. Maps and apps will be created to support better decision making during the response and recovery phases. The presentation will show how easy and quickly this can be achieved when you engage your GIS professional early in the event.
Presenters: Joanie Appell, Anne Arundel County Fire Department; Shelby Zelonis, Montgomery County Police Department; Anne-Sarra Blevins, Anne Arundel County Police Department; Will Melville, Maryland Emergency Management Agency; Tim Hutchinson, Government of the District of Columbia; Rebecca Harned, National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation; Anthony Puzzo, ESRI
4:30–6:30 p.m. TUgis Social: Network with GIS professionals from across the region

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