Using GIS and Tools for Disaster Response and Recovery


As the occurrence of natural disasters continues to increase, it will be important for state agencies and local communities to have data collection applications ready for fast response to these events. This course has been designed to teach new- to moderate-level GIS professionals how to utilize spatial data and maps to assist in disaster response and recovery operations. Through lecture and hands-on course exercises, students will learn how to prep and use Collector for ArcGIS—a mobile data collection app—and organize, evaluate and display data gathered in Collector to better inform stakeholders about current, on-the­-ground conditions. By the end of this two-day course, learners will be able to competently employ these powerful tools in order to provide field-captured data that will help leaders and first responders rapidly take action in post-disaster situations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Employ ArcMap to construct schemas, geodatabases and feature classes that will facilitate a post-disaster survey
  • Create and upload maps to ArcGIS Online for Collector
  • Utilize Collector for ArcGIS features to gather field data
  • Collect and arrange data gathered with Collector to generate informative maps

Skills Gained

  • ArcGIS
  • ArcMaps
  • Collector for ArcGIS

Watch a case study on the use of Collector for ArcGIS in disaster response situations.

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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to a real-time Q&A session with the instructor. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. Details regarding login information will be emailed on the course start date.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.

Early Enroll Discount

Enroll 14 days before the course start date to save 10% on the course fee.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.