InciWeb

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InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident web information management system provided by the United States Forest Service released in 2004.[1] It was originally developed for wildland fire emergencies, but can be also used for other emergency incidents (natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.).[2]

Introduction[edit]

It was developed with two primary missions:

  • 1. Provide the public a single source of incident related information
  • 2. Provide a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community[3]

Official announcements include evacuations, road closures, news releases, maps, photographs, and basic info and current situation about the incident.

Incident information can be accessed by:

Technical[edit]

The original application was hosted at the United States Forest Service - Wildland Fire Training and Conference Center, at McClellan Airfield, California, comprising three servers:

Web traffic averages 2 million plus hits daily during the fire season with the ability to handle 3.5 million hits.

The servers were moved to the National information Technology Center (NITC),[5] Kansas City, Missouri on July 16, 2008, along with the release of version 2.0;[6] the current version is 2.2.

Availability issues[edit]

InciWeb was having technical difficulties due to the high volume of Internet users trying to access the site during the September–October 2006 Day Fire [7] and the Summer 2008 California wildfires.[8]

Participating agencies[edit]

These same agencies are also in the National Interagency Fire Center.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]. Alexa Internet.
  2. ^ About Us, National Geographic Area Coordination Centers (GACC).
  3. ^ About this Site. InciWeb. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  4. ^ inciweb on Twitter
  5. ^ Enterprise IT Solutions: About NITC. Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Department of Agriculture.
  6. ^ Public home page for InciWeb. MyFireCommunity.Net - Neighborhood. The professional collaboration site for wildland fire practitioners.
  7. ^ Case Study, Emergencity.
  8. ^ InciWeb Problems Are Bull…. June–July 2008. W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking, Western Institute for Study of the Environment. Retrieved 2009-09-02.

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