2015 National Level and California Capstone Exercise

The California Earthquake Clearinghouse participated in the 2015 National Level Exercise (NLE) that used the ShakeOut Scenario of a M7.8 earthquake on the Southern San Andreas Fault. The California Earthquake Clearinghouse used the 2015 NLE as an operational exercise to foster inter-agency data collection and collaboration among Clearinghouse partners, with an ultimate goal of developing an information collection plan for earthquakes. For more information about the exercise is available in the After Action Report / Improvement Plan.

Exercise Participation

Individuals participated in the exercise by submitting observations throughout the week of May 11. For detailed information about participation, see the Exercise Timeline Spreadsheet. View the Clearinghouse Exercise Briefing for more background information. Participants used California Earthquake Clearinghouse Best Practices.  After the exercise partners spoke about their participation during the following meeting:  https://youtu.be/aLPW-85b2M8

Further information about different ways partners were able to participate are in the files below:

There was a physical clearinghouse location open from 10 am – 2 pm on Thursday, May 11 at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, address is below:

Joint Forces Training Base HQ
Building 244
11206 Lexington Dr
Los Alamitos, CA 90720


Exercise Background

While the National Level Exercise focused on the southern California region, the Clearinghouse defined a much smaller area of interest in the Cajon Pass Area as shown below.

As part of this exercise, Clearinghouse partners submitted requests for information based on their own organization’s needs using the Collection Deck Template. Collection Decks from all organizations were then compiled and each organization had an opportunity to discuss their collection deck with all participating organizations. This process provided a better understanding of how different organizations collect and use data and how this data can be fed into the Essential Elements of Information used by emergency managers.

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Cajon Pass, California

Training Videos

Videos from pre-exercise training sessions are listed below.

Lesson 1 – Overview and Orientation http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1448

Lesson 2 – Logging on and getting started with XchangeCore using AGOL, Google Earth, Web EOC SpotOnResponse and Clearinghouse FieldNotes tools and XchangeCore. http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1447

Lesson 3 – SpotOnResponse Incident Discovery and Sharing to ArcGIS Online.  http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1449/chapter:1491

Lesson 4 – This week’s training focuses on SpotOnResponse for field observations.  The use case is that an incident has been discovered by someone, say reported through 911 or in an EOC, and the details and location of the incident are pushed to SpotOnResponse.  You are nearby.  You can “Check In” to the incident on SpotOnResponse to let everyone know you will be reporting on it.  Then you use SpotOnResponse to provide a description, add photos or videos, provide documents, and even provide GIS data to support response to the incident.  All that information is then available to ArcGIS Online, Google Earth, and WebEOC connected through XchangeCore.  http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1450

Lesson 5 – GIS Consumes XchangeCore Data – How To Guides for ArcGIS Online and Google Earth  http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1451  This week’s training will guide you through the process of connecting your ArcGIS Online (and ArcGIS Server) and Google Earth to XchangeCore to be able to view and use the data provided through XchangeCore in your situational awareness visualization.  You will be provided with the links that allow you to consume data from XchangeCore.  And we’ll show you how to visualize it in ArcGIS Online and Google Earth, complete with hints on styling it for best viewing.

Lesson 6 – Why do you need to use the XchangeCore connector with AGOL instead of AGOL alone.  Video Pending  http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1454

Lesson 7  Why do you need to use the XchangeCore connector with AGOL instead of AGOL alone – Sharing Layer information. Video Pending  http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1455

Lesson 8  Capture geospatial info available from many sources that is shared through XchangeCore and use it in your AGOL through the My Content function  http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1456

Lesson 9  the Clearinghouse Field Notes reporting app   http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1460

Lesson 10 – Extract your ArcGIS layers with the XchangeCore Connector for ArcGIS Online.  How do you extract your ArcGIS layers to find exactly the right affected infrastructure?  And then share that out with everyone who needs to know?  It is easy with the XchangeCore Connector for ArcGIS Online.  Join this session to learn how to use the connector to quickly bound an area and extract exactly the schools, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. that you need to share with police, fire, emergency management.  No longer to they have to sort through your statewide layer of toxic facilities.  Now you can give them the 3 or 10 or 50 exact facilities that sit inside a chemical plume or around an earthquake fault.   http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1461  — 10

Lesson 11 – Q & A Ask anything about Clearinghouse Technology Interoperability project.  Q&A…your chance to ask anything about using the Clearinghouse Technology Interoperability Project tools. Ask about using ArcGIS Online, SpotOnResponse, Google Earth, WebEOC, and other applications to exchange information through XchangeCore.  We’ll have all those applications up and running, ready to answer your questions with live demonstrations of moving data among the applications.  http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1464  — 11

Lesson 12 – Special Guest EERI.   EERI demonstrates data sharing capabilities with observations collected during the South Napa Earthquake.   Information collected from California Clearinghouse participants during the South Napa Earthquake was published through ArcGIS online immediately after the earthquake. During the training, we will show how this data can be transferred to XchangeCore using the XchangeCore Connector for ArcGIS online, and how information stored in XchangeCore, specifically SpotOnResponse incident data, can be incorporated into the existing Napa earthquake map.  http://xchangecore.kzoplatform.com/swf/player/1466 — 12