for disaster mapping

If you are interested in becoming a Texas EGRT volunteer, it's free but you will need to do all of these things:

  • Complete these three FEMA courses (click the links to access the FEMA website)
  • Review the Tx EGRT Standard Operational Guidelines (Link Below)
  • Attend one of the free in-person Tx EGRT training classes 

Required FEMA Training Courses

IS-100.c: Introduction to Incident Command System

   HINT: Use this link to access the course summaryand use it during the test.

IS-700.b: National Incident Management System (NIMS) – An Introduction

   HINT: Use this link to access the course summary and use it during the test.

IS-103: GIS Specialist

   HINT: Use this link toaccess the course summary and use it during the test.


You may also want to have your Emergency Management Coordinator to take this course so that they will better understand the value of GIS in the EOC.

IS-922: Applications of GIS for Emergency Management (optional)

   HINT: Use this link to access the course summary and use it during the test.

Additional FEMA courses that you should consider taking:

IS-200.c: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents  (optional)

   HINT: Use this link to access the course summary and use it during the test.

IS-800.c: National Response Framework – An Introduction
   HINT: Use this link to access the course summary and use it during the test.

When you receive the certificates from the FEMA classes, save them as PDF for your files. If you are deployed on a Federal level response you may be asked to show proof of completing the classes.

Required "How to Respond to a Disaster ... and what to do when you get there" Online Sessions

The next free training sessions will be held:


Currently we are only offering Distance Learning options.

Work through the FEMA classes listed above.

Then watch these training videos and follow along in ArcMap or Pro when the exercises come up:
Video 1: (no exercises)
Video 2:
Video 3:
Video 4:
Video 5:
Video 6:

These videos approximate the in-person class. Then I do a class on online disaster response and applications. I have written this training material into a book which you can get here:

All of what we did for Covid and Hurricane Laura were remote projects so the online stuff is becoming pretty important.

When you complete this, send me the FEMA certificates and this contact info and I'll get you on the response list:

Name, Agency, Phone Number (Weekday), Phone number (Weekend or after hours), e-mail address, areas in which you are able to respond in person.

For the areas, you can specify an entire county and/or cities in which you can respond. This is usually the cities within a short driving distance from your house or work. You would also need to work out with your employer how they will count your time during deployments. It's usually 6 hours at at time - some businesses count that as their "community outreach" and pay you while other employers might want you to take vacation hours to participate. 

If you like, you can watch these two videos I did for GIS day which show a lot of the apps we did using remote connections. These will also be in the NCTCOG conference and several GIS Day events around the state:

Part 1:

Part 2:


Optional Web Apps Training:

Web Apps Training Book

Right now we are using this book for on-your-own web apps training for Disaster Response.

Building Web Maps and Apps with ArcGIS Online for Disaster Response


Optional Trailer Training: