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Post-storm Response: 4/2/2013

floodOn April 2nd, from noon to 1:00 PM, NYS GIS Association will be hosting an informal geospatial lunchtime chat. We will be discussing post-storm (Irene, Sandy, Nemo in particular) response in the GIS community. The chat is informal, but topics can include:

1)      What resources did we not have?
2)      Who takes the lead, locally, statewide?
3)      What resources mattered most?
4)      What resources were utilized in unknown / data-poor environments?

GISMO/Google: 2/19/2013

View videos and download reference material from NYS GIS Association professional development activities.

 Predicting Disaster Webinar: 4/17/2013 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

hurricaneOver the past decade various federally and internationally funded research projects on natural resources and extreme events lead to the development of a series of geospatial modeling tools to assist communities in their ability to assess natural disasters as well as their planning efforts for a more sustainable and resilient future.

Dr. Renschler will cover a pragmatic example of modeling with Geospatial knowledge.  This was members-only event.

Using NOAA Online Resources For Disaster Preparedness and Response, 5/22/2013, 11AM – 1PM, Webinar

hurricaneThe NYS GIS Association and a distinguished panel of specialists from NOAA presented a webinar about NOAA’s real time and predictive information services related to the weather events that most threaten New York State and the Northeast Region.

NOAA spoke about decision making tools, forecast products, hydro-survey, photogrammetry, ALOHA, GNOME, ERMA, and PORTS; many with data download capabilities.  This was presented just as hurricane season is about to begin.  Download video here.

American Fact Finder Data Retrieval Tool Hands on Workshop/Webinar; 6/12/2013: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

american fact finderThe NYS GIS Association proudly presented this extremely informative and interesting webinar.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn “by doing” navigation of the census.gov website to access easily available data profiles as well as more complex sources of data in tables and maps;
  • To create an understanding of U.S. Census geography terms, programs, datasets and distinct data sources available;
  • To learn to access data and basic characteristics and social/economic variables for small area populations.

July 18, 2013 : Post Sandy Debris Clearance in the Town of Huntington, L.I.


On Thursday, July 18, Mike Naughton, Long Island GIS President and 29 year employee of the Town of Huntington in Suffolk County, with the assistance of George Davis of Latitude Geographics, presented an application they developed to track the progress of debris clearance operations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The application combines ArcGIS Server and field data collection devices. The application reduced expected costs and increased efficiency. The “Field to Cloud” technologies used for this application have many other practical uses that should be considered by local government GIS practitioners.

NYS GIS Association President Alan Leidner To Be Honored

Lessons Learned from Super Storm Sandy: PTI GIS Vision Award

Thursday, May 9, 2013 2:00–3:00 PM ET

awardSuper Storm Sandy brought out the very best of public officials planning for, responding to, and recovering from all aspects of this devastating storm. This webinar will showcase how government agencies used GIS during Super Storm Sandy and will honor five outstanding individuals who collaborated extraordinarily to serve and protect the public.  The honorees:

Alan Leidner [NYS GIS Association President]; Northeast Regional Information Exchange Broker; HIFLD to the Regions (HTTR); U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Chris Vaughan; Geospatial Information Officer; Strategic Integration Group; Office of Response and Recovery,
Andrew T. Rowan, PhD, GISP; Director, Office of GIS; Office of Information Technology, State of New Jersey
William F. Johnson; Deputy Director, Office of Cyber Security; New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
James McConnell; Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data GIS;New York City Office of Emergency Management