345 Middlefield Road
Bldg 3 - Conf Room A (upstairs in Building 3)
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Emergency Response in Palo Alto
Ken Dueker, Homeland Security & Public Outreach Coordinator for the City of Palo Alto
Disaster strikes. Emergency response resources are available but finite. Assessing the severity and location of injuries and damage is critical to the effective deployment of those limited resources. Ken Dueker, Homeland Security & Public Outreach Coordinator for the City of Palo Alto, will describe the collaboration between Palo Alto citizens and city staff to quickly assess damage, distill findings, and communicate their assessments to maximize the effectiveness of emergency response. Ken will highlight the use of emergency wireless networks and autonomous mobile GIS technology in the process.
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Disaster Management Initiative
The Golden Gate Safety Network is a voluntary consortium of public and private safety organization formed in 2002. Over the years, we have supported or conducted a large number of emergency response exercises with various SF Bay Area agencies. Our main goal is to innovate modern methods for information sharing in a mutual aid context. Currently we are assisting Menlo Park Fire Protection District to implement our Common Operating Picture Platform, which provides a shared internet map for GPS tracking of key response resources and setting the Damage Assessment status of major facilities. We are also developing open source mobile web applications for Fire Inspections and Pre-Incident Surveys. Since 2004 we have operated under an MOU with CalEMA, and in 2009 we became a founding member of the Carnegie Mellon Disaster Management Initiative at the NASA Research Park.
The Role of Spatial Data in PG&E's First Responders Safety Program
Tom Munson, Public Safety Supervisor, and Elizabeth Proctor, GIS Analytics Supervisor
PG&E is taking steps to enhance public safety partnerships with the first responders who help keep communities safe. PG&E works closely with first responders, police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to make sure they have the information needed to protect the public and respond safely in the event of a natural gas or electric emergency. This multifaceted program includes targeted outreach, in-person training seminars, and educational materials. One of the newest resources being made available to first responders in PG&E's service territory is downloadable GIS data depicting gas pipeline locations. Delivering GIS data for use outside the utility brings up a host of interesting new technical and conceptual issues, including security, data format compatibility, and proper use and interpretation of the information.