Geospatially-Enabled Geographic Response Plans
Track: Disaster Management and Emergency Response
Author(s): Derrick Miller, Michael Alfultis

Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) are designed to aid in the initial response (first 24 hours) to an oil or other hazardous material spill. Typically distributed in PDF format, GRPs contain sections on Protection/Collection Strategies, Shoreline Countermeasures, Sensitive Resource/Wildlife Areas, and Logistics. The existing PDF Format of these GRP's does not fully leverage geospatial information, separates position and attribute information, and makes it difficult to see geospatial relationships/ inter-relations. By converting these GRPs from a PDF to a fully geospatially-enabled format, the information contained in the GRPs can be more fully leveraged for decision-making during a response situation. This presentation will highlight work done to date, provide some examples of geospatially-enabled GRPs, and discuss lessons learned and future work.

Derrick Miller
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Science Department
8849 Chase Hall
New London , CT 06320
Phone: 860-444-8632
E-mail: dmiller@cadetmail.uscga.edu

Michael Alfultis
United States Coast Guard Academy
15 Mohegan Ave.
New London , CT 06320
Phone: 860-444-8632
E-mail: michael.A.Alfultis@uscg.mil