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Location in Education
Location in Education is an educational program for middle and high school students. The Location in Education program consists of 10-15 GPS units (valued at $100 each), "The World in a Box" video, a geo caching book, extra batteries, and a set of operating instructions along with instructions on how to erase any information you input. The kit may be used for up to one month dependent upon a waiting list. The only expense you will incur will be the return freight charge.
The Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration (GECCo) initiative was intended to support ongoing Federal, State, and Local government programs from its inception (2002), and Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have maintained a dialog since then. GITA’s goal of developing a replicable framework and toolsets that stakeholders in communities across the U.S. can employ in constructing collaborative models to protect critical infrastructure aligns with the DHS regional approach, goals and objectives. Each succeeding GECCo workshop leverages the efforts and experiences of earlier versions. GITA’s vision is a growing network of GECCo communities nationwide that will contribute to national directives and programs, as they continue to benefit from each other’s experiences.
Objectives: The following are overall objectives for each GECCo workshop:
- Coordinate with Protective Security Advisor's (PSA’s) and Information Exchange Brokers (IEB’s), and regional GITA contacts to identify local participants, initiatives, and resources and discuss how to improve the flow of information and data from federal to local levels.
- Gain an understanding of the programs, tools, and methods available from the Department of Homeland Security for helping infrastructure managers, first responders, and emergency managers and work with PSA’s and IEB’s to expand relationships with
- Enhance understanding of geospatial technology as a key tool for supporting critical infrastructure protection and emergency response.
- Examine data sharing and collaboration issues and opportunities among public and private infrastructure owners.
- Define next steps for improving collaboration, information exchange, and data quality/format needs to support the objectives of Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-7, Multi-Agency Collaboration Environment (MACE - Powerpoint), and National Incident Management System (NIMS).
- Promote education and awareness about relevant standards such as the U.S. National Grid, Incident Command System (ICS), and related concepts of crisis/emergency management and the roles of PSA’s and IEB’s in supporting said standards and activities as they affect geospatial professionals.