Local, regional, and state disaster planners and their partners can obtain spatial datasets assembled, created, and distributed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). HSIP is the Homeland Security Infrastructure Program.
The data is in two forms: by CD (HSIP Gold), and online (HSIP Freedom).
HSIP Gold provides common geospatially enabled baseline data for disaster operations and includes nearly 600 layers of domestic infrastructure, boundaries, and natural features (e.g. rivers, lakes). However, there are some restrictions on the distribution of these datasets.
HSIP Freedom is a license free subset of HSIP Gold and is available on-line through the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). These datasets assist with planning, situational awareness, threat and impact analysis (natural or man-made), modeling emergencies, protection of borders, and decision making during response and recovery operations. Google “HSIP Gold” or download an Urban Forestry South factsheet for more information. (Photo Credit: FEMA)