Implementing the VIPER Information-Sharing & Visualization Platform Tool: Virginia Interoperability Picture for Emergency Response [open pdf - 1MB]
"In an effort to make our Nation a safer place, localities and states have started to embrace collaboration and information-sharing models. In 2009, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the Virtual USA (vUSA) initiative, which is helping to create a future where jurisdictions at all levels have the capabilities necessary to voluntarily share information with each other, as appropriate and authorized, regardless of the data format. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) was one of the first state agencies in the United States to implement a situational awareness tool that uses the principles on which vUSA was founded. In the Virginia Interoperability Picture for Emergency Response (VIPER), real-time situational information interacts with 'traditional' Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) layers to create a comprehensive picture of current and developing situations across the Commonwealth of Virginia. This document explains how and why VDEM developed VIPER and the steps or considerations VDEM took to ensure successful implementation, including: 1) Governance, Partnerships, and Information-Sharing Agreements 2) Project Management, Leadership, and Management Team 3) Funding for Situational Tools 4) Training, Communications, and Outreach 5) Implementation and Usage".