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    Maryland National Guard supports Puerto Rico with Earthquake relief assessments

    Maryland National Guard supports Puerto Rico with Earthquake relief assessments

    Photo By Kurt Rauschenberg | Army 1st Lt. Jerry Rivera serves as the officer-in-charge for the Maryland National...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Kurt Rauschenberg 

    Maryland National Guard Public Affairs Office

    From more than 1,500 miles away, about 10 Maryland National Guard and Maryland Defense Force personnel went operational Jan. 15, 2020, at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Maryland, to support earthquake recovery efforts in Puerto Rico with a joint Unclassified Processing, Analysis and Dissemination (UPAD) team.

    The support effort comes after a string of earthquakes struck Puerto Rico over the past two weeks, killing at least one person and damaging at least 800 homes island-wide.

    Marking it as the first real-world response the MDNG’s joint UPAD has performed, the team was able to assist emergency managers in Puerto Rico with about a dozen unclassified intelligence products showing dam and base camp viability assessments, imagery analysis and identification of viable traffic control points with regards to the areas most affected by the earthquakes and aftershocks.

    “The MDNG UPAD is one of 15 across the National Guard and the first to employ a joint manning concept,” said Army Maj. Tracy J. Sullins, MDNG deputy director of intelligence.

    A UPAD team works in an unclassified environment while remotely supporting domestic operations anywhere in the 54 states and territories.

    Sullins explained that by incorporating geographic information system layers, satellite imagery, full motion videos and still photos and other open source data, a UPAD team produces graphic and narrative products in order to support predictive analysis and inform critical decisions by leaders at all levels in the impacted areas.

    The MDNG UPAD used the Domestic Operations Awareness and Assessment Response Tool (DAART) to enhance communication abilities during the response efforts.

    Using DAART enabled the UPAD to provide usable products to federal, state, local, and tribal communities providing them the ability to be more informed and make a more collaborative-based decision of the affected area.

    UPAD is part of the Incident Awareness and Assessment (IAA) process, which is designed to synchronize and integrate the planning and operations of various information capabilities during a domestic emergency.

    “IAA provides situational awareness and assessment to staff personnel, senior leadership, and the incident management teams in support of domestic operations,” Sullins said. “By doing this we can help save lives, mitigate suffering, minimize property damage, and protect critical infrastructure.”



    Date Taken: 01.16.2020
    Date Posted: 01.16.2020 15:27
    Story ID: 359459

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