This guide is intended to establish authoritative guidance on the application of GIS in civil protection, to assist users in the specification, acquisition and maintenance of a GIS and to stimulate debate in the user community about the future development and application of GIS and related technologies.
The primary audience is anticipated to be staff in Category One responders identified in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, most notably in Local Authority Emergency Planning Units. However, it is also suited to a much wider audience as it assumes no significant prior knowledge of either GIS or civil protection. The structure and style of the guide is such that it can be worked through from beginning to end, dipped in and out of as required or used as a reference source.
It is, very deliberately, a wide ranging document that is not restricted to technical issues, and the coverage of data, information and decision making and interoperability issues are very significant.
This is version 1.0 of this guide, issued on November 30th 2005.