Contact: Jill Saligoe-Simmel
Phone: 317-920-9150
For Immediate Release: Nov 1, 2002
Indiana Awarded $.5mil ESRI Crisis and Response Center Grant
The ESRI Homeland Security Grant Program was established to provide assistance to government agencies with the establishment of organization-wide and region-wide data infrastructure development. The Homeland Security initiative is focused on three primary objectives. These objectives are protecting life, property, and critical infrastructure. GIS has been recognized as a core information and analysis tool that helps manage geographic-based and associated data.

The software and data made available through the program are provided as a means of establishing a crisis center for first responders in the event of a Homeland Security breech, as well as a vehicle to develop a centralized geographic database of critical infrastructure for the purpose of planning, analysis, and decision support. Moreover, the grant package is designed to establish a foundation required to support field operations and public information. This grant consists of a $500,000 GIS investment program that will directly support the IndianaMap Crisis and Response Center. ESRI will provide software and training to the State of Indiana through the Counter-Terrorsm and Security Council (C-TASC).

A total of ten awards were granted today for Phase II of the Crisis and Response Center Program. In addition to State of Indiana Counter-Terrorism and Security Council, IN, awards went to the following agencies:

  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • County of Santa Clara, CA
  • Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management, FL
  • State of Colorado's Office of Preparedness and Security, CO
  • St. Clair County Office of Emergency Management, MI
  • Eugene Water and Electric Board, OR
  • Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Information Services, PA
  • Louisiana State Police, LA
  • Government of the District of Columbia Department of Health, DC

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