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  • Systems Integration, Transition, and Training Playbook # RSC-10

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    Naval Postgraduate School Earthquake Response Project

    Playbook #: RSC-10

    Revised – 10/15/2013

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited

    Systems Integration, Transition and Training Playbook

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    Playbook Table of Contents

    Executive Summary……………….……………………………………… iii Overview……………….…………………………………………………… 1 Purpose/Objectives……………….……………………………………… 1 Hardware Required……………….………………………………………. 1 Data Provided……………….……………………………………….......... 2 Software Environment……………………………………………………. 2 NPS Earthquake Response Products…………………………………. 5 EOCIB Overview………….……………………………………………….. 8 HFN Communications……………………………………………………. 10 Systems Integration………………………………………………………. 11 Transition and Training…………………………………………………... 12 References……….…………………………………………………………. 14 Appendix A: EOCIB Instructions……………………………………….. 15

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    Executive Summary This is the last in a series of “Playbooks” designed to assist first responders and emergency managers with the use of remote sensing data for improved earthquake response. This Playbook describes integration, transition and training implemented for a project funded by the Department of Homeland Security and conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Remote Sensing Center (RSC) to explore remote sensing imagery and other geographic information in support of earthquake response. It outlines the other playbooks, provides additional information about the hardware and software required, and discusses how all of the products can be integrated in to a framework for improving earthquake response using remote sensing and other geoinformation. This Playbook describes integration of RSC remote sensing products with several other existing NPS projects’ capabilities. It describes the RSC-developed products, their implementation, and combination of these with server and communications technology to provide a stand-alone emergency operations center (EOC). The prototype “EOC-in-a- Box” (EOCIB) implementation developed in a separate project by the NPS Cloud Computing Center and delivered separately to Monterey County is summarized. Independently Powered Command/Control/Communications System (IPC3) developed separately by the NPS Hastily Formed Networks Center (HFN), which provides support to the EOCIB is also described. Together, these aspects form the model for the overall integrated earthquake response project, including all of the required hardware, software, data, and communications to demonstrate the role that remote sensing and other geographic data can play in an austere field environment following an earthquake. The integrated model provides the framework for utilization of remote sensing data to assist with emergency response. The Playbook Directory near the end of this document shows the NPS Earthquake Response Playbook sequence to help put this Playbook into perspective and give an overview of products resulting from this research and some aspects of practical implementation. The content of each Playbook is briefly described; however, users are referred to the specific named and numbered Playbooks for full product descriptions. These provide additional detailed product information, instructions on how to separately utilize the individual products, and how to combine them into an integrated system for improved earthquake response.

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    Overview Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate, the Remote Sensing Center (RSC) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has developed a series of instructional playbooks designed to assist first responders and emergency managers with the use of remote sensing technology for improving earthquake response.

    This playbook (Playbook #RSC-10) describes integration of all aspects of the project into a unified model for the use of remote sensing datasets and derived products as a valuable source of geographic information in support of emergency planning, change detection, and post-disaster event assessment, response, and management. The Playbook outlines the products developed, how they relate to each other, and the hardware, software, and communications environment required for stand-alone implementation of an Emergency Operations Center utilizing these capabilities.

    Purpose/Objectives

    The objective and purpose of this playbook is to provide details about the integrated EOC model implemented with remote sensing and other geographic data specific to Monterey County and City. This Playbook can be used to guide emergency operations using remote sensing data and products, server hardware, software, and communications support.

    Hardware Required

    Remote sensing data and supporting information specific to Monterey County and City are provided on an external USB disk drive compatible with MS-Windows (XP, VISTA, Windows-7) operating systems. Users should be able to plug this device directly into an USB port, have the drive recognized by the system, and be able to see the directory structure for data, products, and project information. Data can then be used directly on the drive, or copied to another EOC resource. They can also be supplemented by existing imagery and geographic information developed by the EOC. Hardware described in this playbook also includes the “EOC-in-a-Box” (EOCIB), a stand-alone emergency operations center developed and implemented by the NPS Cloud Computing Center that can act as the host for all of the software, data, applications, and products required to operate an emergency operations center utilizing remote sensing data in an austere operating environment. The first EOCIB hardware solution integrated with the data and software described in this Playbook has been delivered to Monterey County, CA. This playbook also describes an implementation of communications hardware and software developed by the NPS Hastily Formed Networks Group as a separate project in support of the EOCIB and other emergency response requirements and tested in conjunction with the EOCIB in an operational environment. In addition, one or more mobile Android devices are required for implementation of the mobile damage assessment capabilities designed for this project by NPS and described in Playbook#RSC-06.

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    Data Provided The USB drive described above is preloaded with a selection of baseline imagery and data to allow EOC personnel to train for and perform geospatial analysis in support of earthquake response and other disaster situations. The drive also contains digital copies of the Playbook Series, which includes operational instructions to perform these analyses. Sample analyses products are available to use as templates and guidelines for independent product generation. A stand-alone webpage is also provided, allowing easy access to the materials on the drive and summarizing additional information about the project and its implementation for Monterey County and the City of Monterey, CA. The folder structure of the data drive is shown in Figure 1 (see Playbook#RSC-02 for additional details).

    Figure 1. NPS Earthquake Response Project data directory structure

    These data have also been installed utilizing this directory structure on the EOCIB provided to Monterey County. Each user (operating a unique Windows 7 virtual machine) on the EOCIB has access to the data and Playbooks under a read-only data drive that can be accessed through “My Computer” on Windows. Combined, the USB data drive and the EOCIB mirror data provide the capabilities to train and implement solutions in the existing EOC, then, when the need arises, to move directly over to the EOCIB to utilize the same data and software environment for product generation under emergency response conditions.

    Software Environment Specific software is required at each EOC implementing the NPS Remote Sensing Earthquake Response approach in order to take advantage of the remote sensing data and products provided. Note that the use of specific software or brand names in this Playbook and other Playbooks does not imply endorsement of specific products by the Naval Postgraduate School or the US Government. The following describes the basic software required to implement this approach. This software environment should be established at the native EOC and integrated into the CONOPS for emergency response. Specific implementations and other (incidental) software that may be needed for specific applications are described in the individual Playbooks. The software, data, and Playbooks can be used to train for and to guide response activities using remote sensing and other geographic data a