Texas Emergency Management ONLINE2011 Vol. 58 No. 12

TECHNOLOGY UPDATES ENHANCE COMMUNICATION & COORDINATION

Statewide Status Map
Statewide Status Map. Image provided by STRAC.

Texas is one of the leading states utilizing the Crisis Information System software, WebEOC. As the usage of this product across the state matures, the Texas WebEOC Interoperability Project (TWIRP) has been busy the past several months gathering input for existing solutions, rolling out new solutions and looking at data-sharing and integration with GIS mapping products.

Some of the highlights include streamlining the 213 Resource Request (213RR) process. Planned updates to this solution will feature less fields to complete, and an easier, step-by-step process to follow to submit requests via the pipeline starting with the local jurisdictions on up to the District Coordinators (DCs), Disaster District Chairs (DDCs) and finally to the State Operations Center (SOC).

Users can also expect to see updates to the inventory tracking Response Resources board. This solution, which has been used to track assets during Hurricanes Rita, Dolly and Ike, is getting a facelift and will feature a more modern and user-friendly display so that assets can be tracked and managed more easily. The Emergency Tracking Network (ETN) board inside of WebEOC is also getting several additions, and will allow Mass Causality Incidents (MCIs) to be directly inputted into ETN as well.

The SOC has seen the deployment of new boards, such as a Purchase Ordering board that allows all purchases to be tracked internally. It functions similarly to the 213RR, yet on a smaller, internal scale. The Statewide Status Map has been updated with more functionality and is ready to deploy to all servers across the state. This will allow local jurisdictions to provide information to the SOC and the rest of the state in real time from any of the WebEOC servers in Texas.

Another board that has been deployed is the DC Status board. This allows the SOC to quickly know which District Coordinators are supporting what regions and counties in the state. It has been deployed to all servers within the state and allows the DCs to maintain direct interaction with locals on the local WebEOC server.

There are many more exciting projects and implementations to come in the near future, so be sure to keep your eyes right here on this newsletter for more details.

Jeff Newbold, Director, Texas WebEOC Interoperability Project, Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC)


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