A Resource for the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US)


Emergency Management Use of PAD-US, Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Interior Operations Center (IOC) enables DOI to better coordinate emergency actions. The Center relies upon the Interior Geospatial Emergency Management System (IGEMS) is a geospatial situational awareness mapping tool that any Interior employee can access to view the location of current hazards and events in relation to the location of DOI lands (from PAD-US), personnel, and real property. For example, the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for two counties in Texas (2018) and the IOC used PAD-US through IGEMS to identify potentially affected federal units in daily reporting to managing agencies.

IGEMS system map

DOI IOC photo