Author Archives: Hubbub Group

The NISC is Hiring

The NISC is hiring!  The NISC is seeking an innovative and driven leader to fill the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors to advance the NISC’s mission and lead the organization with fundraising, strategic planning, and business development efforts. The Executive Director will also oversee all activities […]

CAUSE IV, Crossing Borders

CAUSE IV is set to begin this April, continuing the efforts of previous CAUSE experiments. Final planning sessions took place this week in Michigan with participants from the US and Canada coming together to organize details related to a joint response to an emergency. In border regions, the closest help may be in another country. […]

Introducing the NISC’s New Executive Director

The NISC is excited to announce that former NISC Chair, Sean McSpaden, has agreed to serve as a part-time, volunteer Executive Director for the NISC.  Sean fills an important leadership role for the organization that was left open with the recent departure of Kenny Ratliff. Sean brings a wealth of knowledge in the emergency management, […]

Attend the ESS Webinar on Mutual Aid Agreements

On July 11, 2017, from 1-2 pm ET, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Services Sector (ESS) will host a webinar on Mutual Aid Agreements.  The webinar will be presented by Rob Dudgeon and Jeff Sopel from G&H International Services, and discuss how Mutual Aid agreements benefit first responders and highlight resources that are […]

Mutual Aid Resource Planner (MARP)

Emergency management, preparedness, and first responder officials and organizations tasked with planning for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from catastrophic events often require information from many sources to accomplish their missions.  As they work to understand the risks to their community, they also strive to improve their preparedness. They accomplish this by understanding the threats […]

Battle Rhythm Manager

In early 2016, the NISC, with support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology First Responders Group, worked with G&H International Services to develop the Battle Rhythm Manager tool.  The initial purpose of this exercise management tool was to support exercise play during the NISC’s virtual CHECKPOINT 16 exercise.  The Battle Rhythm […]

Open for Service

The “Open For Service” (O4S) app is free. No account or download is required. O4S can be found at The app was created to inform local communities about businesses that are open and where goods and services might be available in their area following a disaster (e.g. a flood, earthquake, hurricane etc.). Informing people where […]

The Data Lifecycle and other leave-behinds from the Canada-US Enhanced Resiliency Experiments

The NISC has been a partner to DHS S&T and DRDC during the Canada-US Enhanced (CAUSE) Resiliency Experiment series by providing participants with access to ArcGIS Online through the NISC Member Portal and providing a central location for hosting online tools to test during the experiment (for example, the Mutual Aid Resource Planner (MARP) and […]