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SCOUT LogoThe California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)—​in association with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and through a strategic partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T)—acquired the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) software for use by California’s emergency services professionals. The California deployment of the NICS software is called Situation Awareness and Collaboration Tool (SCOUT). SCOUT provides an information sharing environment to facilitate operational and tactical collaboration among California emergency responders and interagency situational awareness for local, tribal, state, and federal partners for small to extreme scale homeland security incidents, such natural disasters, technological hazards, intentional attacks, and human-caused emergencies.

SCOUT is being rolled out in three phases through 2018. Phase 1 launched in April 2016 and includes agencies already participating in the NICS pilot. Phase 2 is estimated to begin in early 2017 and will be a controlled expansion to additional interested and eligible agencies. Phase 3 is scheduled for mid/late 2018 and will open to all interested and eligible agencies. Movement into each phase will be assessed on system and operational stability and performance.

Updated program and registration information will be posted here throughout each phase.

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SCOUT Transitioning to Phase 3 SCOUT Transitioning to Phase 3 Announcement_Final.pdfSCOUT Transitioning to Phase 3SCOUT Executive Committee approved transitioning to Phase 3 of the original SCOUT deployment plan during their March 5th meeting. Phase 3 is the final deployment phase and opens SCOUT participation to to all eligible agencies in California.SCOUT, Situation Awareness and Collaboration Tool (SCOUT) 5/30/2019 9:34:42 PM
SCOUT Sustainable Funding Model Announcement SCOUT Sustainable Funding Model Announcement.pdfSCOUT Sustainable Funding Model AnnouncementExplains the SCOUT Sustainable Funding Model and earliest effective date.SCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:57 PM
SCOUT Basic User Training Basic User Training.pptxSCOUT Basic User TrainingBasic user training cirriculum for certified SCOUT instructors.SCOUT Information4/26/2017 7:00:23 PM
Import/Export Quick Guide for the SCOUT GIS User Import-Export Quick Guide for the SCOUT GIS User.pdfImport/Export Quick Guide for the SCOUT GIS UserThe Import/Export Quick Guide provides helpful information on how to successfully import and export data within SCOUT, including known issues and tips and tricks for finicky files.SCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:57 PM
New SCOUT Training Environment Announcement SCOUT Training Environment Announcement.pdfNew SCOUT Training Environment AnnouncementAnnouncement for the new SCOUT Training Environment and Training Environment instructions for SCOUT Administrators.SCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:57 PM
2017 SCOUT Charter SCOUT Charter_signed.pdf2017 SCOUT CharterThe SCOUT Charter establishes the Situation Awareness and Collaboration Tool (SCOUT) Partnership for the State of California and provides the governance structure for managing the statewide usage of the SCOUT platform.SCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:57 PM
SCOUT FAQ Sheet SCOUT FAQ Sheet.pdfSCOUT FAQ SheetSCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:57 PM
SCOUT iOS Mobile App Quick Guide SCOUT iOS Mobile App Quick Guide.pdfSCOUT iOS Mobile App Quick GuideThe iOS Mobile App Quick Guide provides information on the app's core capabilities, how to download, configure and use the app, and important information on known limitations.SCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:57 PM
SCOUT Operational & Technical Support Plan SCOUT Support Plan.pdfSCOUT Operational & Technical Support PlanThis document defines the operational & technical support plan for SCOUT use in the State of California. SCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:56 PM
SCOUT Issue Escalation Matrix SCOUT Issue Escalation Matrix_Final.pdfSCOUT Issue Escalation MatrixThe Issue Escalation Matrix provides guidance to SCOUT Administrators on how to properly assess, prioritize and submit technical support issues.SCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:56 PM
DHS S&T Memorandum_NICS Operational Transition DHS ST Memorandum_ NICS Operational Transition.pdfDHS S&T Memorandum_NICS Operational TransitionDHS Science & Technology First Responders Group announces the transition of NICS to an operational capability for emergency responders in California, Victoria Australia, and the Federal Geospatial Information Infrastructure (Fall 2016).SCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:56 PM
SCOUT Concept of Operations SCOUT Concept of Operations.pdfSCOUT Concept of OperationsConcept of Operations for how to utilize the SCOUT platform in California.SCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:56 PM
SCOUT Announcement Letter NICS to SCOUT Announcement.pdfSCOUT Announcement LetterOES Director Mark S. Ghilarducci and CALFIRE Director Ken Pimlott announce the Situation Awareness & Collaboration Tool (SCOUT).SCOUT Information6/17/2019 8:05:55 PM
SCOUT Steering Committee Membership Approved June 2019 Steering Committee Announcement JUNE 2019.pdfSCOUT Steering Committee Membership Approved June 2019We are pleased to announce the members of the inaugural SCOUT Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is comprised of agency representatives and technical experts selected to make recommendations from across the SCOUT user base. Announcement7/1/2019 5:48:57 PM


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