Michael Baker Int’l to Design Emergency Response Tool for DHS

August 2016 saw unprecedented flooding which left 15 rivers in record flood stage, with the American Red Cross helping at least 4,700 people in dozens of emergency shelters across the state. (Image Credit Ted Jackson, Nola.com, The Times Picayune)
August 2016 saw unprecedented flooding which left 15 rivers in record flood stage, with the American Red Cross helping at least 4,700 people in dozens of emergency shelters across the state. (Image Credit Ted Jackson, Nola.com, The Times Picayune)

Company Partners with NAPSG Foundation to Ensure First Responders are Fully Prepared to Save Lives, Limit Property Damage During Emergency Incidents

Michael Baker International, and the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation, have announced a contract with the US DHS S&T Directorate to develop national guidelines and a cutting-edge solution that provides first responders with real-time information prior to and during emergencies.

Michael Baker and NAPSG Foundation’s cutting-edge emergency response guidelines and solution will address the need for timely, reliable, and accessible sources of preparedness and operational information that local decision makers can rely upon during flooding events.

In many recent flooding incidents, the lack of accurate and reliable information contributed to inefficient emergency response during deadly flash floods, dam failures and traffic gridlock.

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During these scenarios, public safety officials faced the challenge of turning data into actionable information for first responders to improve their ability to aid those in need.

“Michael Baker International is excited to begin working on this innovative project with DHS and the NAPSG Foundation teams,” said Sandi Stroud, public safety national director at Michael Baker International.

Sandi Stroud, public safety national director at Michael Baker International
Sandi Stroud, public safety national director at Michael Baker International

“We are motivated by the data structure that will be produced from advances in 9-1-1 technology and eager to explore how that is applied to sharing other core mission critical information.

In the end, this data will help public safety stakeholders make better informed decisions in crisis situations.”

Michael Baker and the NAPSG Foundation will work directly with first responders in three test regions to identify insights on best practices for flood response.

This will enable the development and release of a scalable and repeatable process for determining operational information needs, core data and attribution needed at the local level.

Upon completion of the project, local emergency responders will have guidelines on how to access current, relevant and trusted critical operational information to drive informed decision making; on the other hand, technology providers will have guidelines for solution development and implementation.

Peter O'Rourke, Executive Director, NAPSG
Peter O’Rourke, Executive Director, NAPSG

“The project’s new approach for defining common operational information and support guidelines will serve as a solid foundation for technology innovations, such as NG9-1-1 and beyond, to build upon and achieve success in changing outcomes for survivors,” added Peter O’Rourke, Executive Director at National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation.

Michael Baker brings extensive expertise in improving ailing emergency response programs across the country. The company incorporates geographic information systems (GIS)-centric solutions into the NG9-1-1 call routing environment to aid public safety answering points (PSAPs) and their GIS stakeholders in the mission critical transition.

Michael Baker and NAPSG Foundation’s contract with DHS runs through June 2018 when the prototype solution will be launched in test markets.

Michael Baker International

Michael Baker International is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services, which include planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management, and full life-cycle support services as well as information technology and communications services and solutions.

The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients.

The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS FoundationThe National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the public safety & homeland security community in advancing the use of geospatial technology for enhanced community resiliency.

The mission is achieved through nationwide regional coordination lead by local & state public safety leaders supporting all of NAPSG’s core program areas: education & training, tools & guidance, exercises, and technical assistance.