Geospatial Technology Use at the Texas State Emergency Operations Center
The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is the oldest state agency in Texas, and was formed to determine who owns what land, and where, after the Texians and Tejanos won independence. Today, the General Land Office manages state lands, operates the Alamo, assists Texans recovering from natural disasters, helps fund Texas public education through the Permanent School Fund, provides benefits to Texas Veterans, and manages the vast Texas coast. Learn how the GLO utilizes GIS Tools and data to support emergency management for the state and what resources they provide for emergency management through various applications.
Geospatial systems are a critical operational technology for all aspects of emergency management. Michael Ouimet will provide an overview of the use of GIS by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the application of GIS technology at the Texas State Emergency Operations Center. Michael will also highlight some current geospatial initiatives at the state and federal level that are anticipated to benefit future emergency management efforts for local and regional organizations.
About the Speakers:
Chase Winburn is the Safety Officer and Emergency Manager for the Texas General Land Office. He has assisted in a variety of emergency and safety responsibilities with the General Land Office for over 15 years. Chase is a certified FEMA continuity practitioner and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sam Houston State University as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas State University.
Scot Friedman received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography from The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in physical geography, GIS, and environmental studies. He has been at the Land Office since 1991, first as Coastal Resources GIS team leader, then as manager, and now in his current position as Director of GIS. Scot coordinates a team of professionals to provide GIS services and support to fulfill the agency’s mission to preserve Texas history, maximize state revenue, and conserve the state’s lands and natural resources.
Jeff Perkins earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas State University in Geography. He has worked in the geospatial industry for 25 years. Beginning his career as a GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist, Jeff provided mapping and geological interpretation for the U.S. and other countries in the fields of oil and gas exploration, cellular communications, and environmental reclamation projects for Java/Indonesia. Before joining the Texas General Land Office (GLO), Jeff worked on the 1995 Texas Orthoimagery Project/DOQQ project. During his time at the GLO, Jeff supported such disaster events as Hurricanes Rita, Ike, and Harvey. He now focuses much of his attention on GIS enterprise solutions, application development, and supports critical business functions, emergency operations, oil spill prevention and response, and post-storm community recovery and revitalization efforts.
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