With over 30 years’ experience in public safety and homeland security, Russ Johnson currently advises senior public safety and national security officials on the use of location intelligence to support critical missions. Russ helped pioneer the development of standards for the United States in the use of spatial technology for incident management. He was involved in the clean-up mission following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion which caused 4.9 million barrels of oil to leak into the ocean. Russ managed the recovery mission’s tech support, delivering real-time data updates and using mapping imagery to show affected areas. Formerly the Chief of Fire and Emergency Operations for Federal Lands in San Bernardino and Type 1 National Incident Commander, Russ supervised a complex interagency dispatch centre including five field division chiefs.
Cleaning the Gulf of Mexico using GIS
The clean-up efforts following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is an example of how GIS technology can be used to assist in disaster response.
Tackling terrorism with apps
Geo-enabled smartphone apps not only warn the public of impending crises, but also harvest critical community updates to support government response.
Collaborative response in Emergency Management
Discover how GIS technology enables collaborative response in Emergency Management, demonstrated through real world examples such as the Boston Marathon, MH17, the California Drought and the Napa Earthquake.
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GIS Deployment at DeepWater Horizon
Learn how GIS was used during the Deepwater Horizon response for predictive modelling and analysis, planning and carrying out the cleanup operation, for the logging of field data, and for briefing officials, the media and the public on the unfolding situation.More