National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Back Up and Share Incident Data

Frequent back up of incident data is a critical step in the GISS Workflow. A back up should be made of the incident data after each edit session and the Master Projects should be backed up daily as a set (and optionally individually after major updates).

Data should be backed up not only within the GeoOps Directory Structure, but the entire directory should be backed up to a secondary physical drive at least daily. Hard drives fail under normal conditions and ICPs are often anything but.

Back up of incident data is necessary to:

  • Minimize disruption and delay in the event of data corruption, loss, or unavailability.
  • Ensure access to incident data and products.
  • Ensure effective and efficient team transition.
  • Preserve the incident record.

eDoc Box

The Electronic Document Box, or eDoc Box, is a digital record of the incident. It is a folder in the General channel of the incident’s Team in the FireNet SharePoint environment. There may also be a physical Doc Box maintained, discuss expectations with the SITL regarding preservation of records.

Often, the GeoOps Incident Directory Structure is copied to the eDoc Box when the fire is transitioned back to the home unit or an organization that lacks GIS support. Follow direction from the SITL on transferring data.


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