No matter the root cause of an emergency –terrorism, natural occurrences, or unintentional human error –the methods of responding to, mitigating, and ideally preventing reoccurrences are based on a coordinated approach that can be greatly enhanced by the use of geospatial information and technology. This cannot happen without enabling the many mutually dependent agencies and organizations charged with protecting our nation’s citizens and infrastructure to efficiently and effectively share their information.
GITA’s GECCo initiative was developed to address the obstacles that need to be overcome before this can happen.
The purpose of the GECCo initiative is to facilitate an interactive dialogue at the local level among community infrastructure stakeholders and emergency responders to begin to address collaboration and information exchange issues that inhibit effective response and recovery in times of emergency. The working sessions employ an interactive, cooperative approach to enhance existing security-related efforts and enable community stakeholders to develop a framework by which public and private organizations can better collaborate in order to protect critical infrastructure and respond more effectively to emergency situations.
Learn more about the GECCo program at the GECCo web site.
No matter the root cause of the emergency-terrorism, natural occurrences, or human error-the methods of responding to, mitigating, and ideally preventing re-occurrences are based in a common approach: the coordinated use of geospatial information. This cannot happen without the many mutually dependent agencies and organizations charged with protecting a nation's citizens and infrastructure's ability to efficiently and effectively share their geospatial data. There are obstacles that need to be overcome before this collaboration can occur, however, and that is the primary impetus behind GITA's CIP Pilot Series, no known as "Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration" or GECCo for short. A central element of the workshop involves a scenario-based exercise designed to test participants' ability to respond to a realistic emergency event.