NLT’s mission-oriented team of technologists, scientists, engineers, and project managers are responsible for modernizing IT infrastructure, DevOps, cloud and field computing, IoT Integration, application development, natural hazard modelling, remote sensing and geospatial mapping, and more, to help FEMA prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
NLT is responsible for ongoing operation, management, and modernization of information systems infrastructure including servers, databases, application software, web and data services including FEMA’s Public data Gateway that power the FEMA Mobile App and support a variety of critical preparedness, response, and recovery activities across the agency, region, and in the field. Development of online geospatial data exchange environment for interagency disaster community.
This work includes leading the design and development of the FEMALab, a new high performance computing center for testing, simulation, and prototyping new technologies and methodologies in a secure virtual DevOps environment- providing users access to new capabilities while reducing costs and risk. The NLT team is also responsible for managing and deploying specially configured mobile servers, laptops, and other equipment to Joint Field Offices, (JFOs) and Disaster recovery Centers (DRCs) providing Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT) faster access to critical software and data in austere disaster environments.
NLT’s is also providing crucial technical support to FEMA’s Response Directorate, the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC), the Modeling and Data Working Group and others developing integrated risk models and operational data products and tools for hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, Improvised Nuclear Devices, (INDs), and a number of other hazards.
This work includes the development of the innovative Incident Journals that provides a platform for the rapid integration of disparate weather, environmental, infrastructure, demographic, and other data for real-time analytics required for disaster response planning and decision support. The team is also developing and deploying solutions for hosting and disseminating disaster-related data products (including disasters.geoplatform.gov) and web-based tools for integrating remotely sensed imagery and conducting crowd-sourced damage assessments.