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Situation Unit

The DEMA Situation Unit supports agency initiatives and projects through all phases of emergency management, from developing web applications, administrating workflows, conducting critical data stewardship, and maintaining day-to-day operations of crisis information management systems, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and business intelligence.

During an emergency incident, the Situation Unit collects, processes, and organizes information, prepares situation summaries, and develop projections and forecasts related to the incident.

  • Preparing situation summaries.
  • Identifying graphical and numerical projections and displays incident information relating to movement, growth, mitigation, or activities.
  • Projecting and forecasting changes to provide and maintain a Common Operating Picture (COP).
  • Preparing maps, charts and graphs as necessary.
  • Preparing for and participating in planning meetings.
  • Providing up-to-date situational awareness and incident status.
  • Collecting processing, organizing and disseminating incident information and intelligence.

The Situation Unit Leader (SITL) is responsible for overseeing map production, and for fire behavior, fire weather, and incident status inputs on wildland fire incidents. The SITL supervises any configuration of Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN), Long Term Analyst (LTAN), Field Observer (FOBS), Infrared Interpreter (IRIN), and Geographic Information System Specialist (GISS). The SITL reports to a Planning Section Chief (PSC) and works in the Planning functional area.

WebEOC is a web-based crisis management system developed to improve coordination and communication for organizations, agencies, and assets while planning for, responding to, or recovering from man-made and natural disasters. WebEOC supports emergency management processes and functions by providing a real-time common operating picture for Arizona State agencies, counties, tribes, and regions, as well as federal, state, local, and private sector partners. The system provides multitiered situational awareness of incident support and management activities, including, but not limited to, significant event tracking, resource request processing and tracking, and incident action plan development.

The Hub provides daily and real-time situational awareness of emergency information throughout the state, and this landing page is the best way to access dozens of products including the ESF/RSF Operations Dashboard for desktop and mobile. Along with emergency indicators, this central page links to informative Story Maps, emergency management data, and local and national emergency resources.