Using the U.S. National Grid for Preparedness and Response
Track: Disaster Management and Emergency Response
Author(s): Talbot Brooks

The US National Grid (USNG) is a FGDC standard that facilitates the interoperability of mapping products for disaster/emergency response and preparedness through the provision of a common, spatially-based, operational framework. This solution is scalable and may be implemented to support mapping products for both responders and decision makers. Its application to this industry stems from lessons learned at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency during Hurricane Katrina and its recommendation for implementation follows findings from the Congressional report on Katrina. This presentation will cover the creation of USNG gridded maps, USNG-based polygon layers, and methods for operational/tactical implementation of the grid using field expedient methods.

Talbot Brooks
Delta State University
Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies
DSU GIS Center, Whitfield Gym
Cleveland , MS 38733
Phone: 662-846-4520
E-mail: tbrooks@deltastate.edu