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FEMA IS 103: Geospatial Information Systems Specialist Answers

1. When checking out of an incident, your responsibilities include:
A. Returning all equipment, obtaining a performance appraisal, and submitting final documents
B. Completing the Demobilization Checkout Form and returning any equipment you don’t want to keep for future use
C. Returning all equipment, checking out of the Automated Deployment Database, and receiving a follow-on assignment
D. Submitting final documents, signing into the Automated Deployment Database, and obtaining a performance appraisal

2. You have been asked to provide a map that includes Individual Assistance (IA) information and that will be distributed to an outside organization. How should you respond?
A. Give the map to the customer and don’t worry about it; it’s their responsibility now
B. Provide a map that shows densities of applicants, but does not show data about specific individuals
C. Release the map to the customer, but ask that they be careful about sharing the map with others
D. Tell the customer that you are unable to provide them any information for this task

3. Remote sensing data can be used to do all of the following EXCEPT:
 A. Provide predictive impacts after an incident
B. Assess levels and patterns of damage within disaster areas
C. Quickly assess the order of magnitude of an incident
D. Support Situational Awareness in inaccessible areas

4. GIS supports other components in a JFO in all of the following ways EXCEPT:
A. Providing calendars for use throughout the JFO
B. Providing the Planning Section with maps to support situational awareness
C. Providing decision makers with data about the status of critical infrastructure
D. Providing products to support a briefing for Congressional staffers.

5. Given resource capacity, existing projects, and the timeline, not all product requests may be feasible. During which phase of the workflow process does a GIMG/GIUL have to weigh the feasibility of a product request and decide whether it should be taken up?
A. Planning and Direction
B. Production
C. Product Assignment
D. Dissemination

6. A GISP may be asked to produce any of the following products during a disaster EXCEPT:
A. Interactive map products
B. Reference maps
C. Incident-specific maps
D. Climate maps

7. Which of the following choices ONLY includes examples of authoritative data sources?
A. FEMA, Twitter, and Public/Private utility providers such as ConEdison
B. YouTube, USGS, and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
C. USGS, FEMA, and Twitter
D. FEMA, the State GIS Clearinghouse, and USGS

8. Which of the following documents would a GISP use to get information about the organization and management of GIS data and the production of cartographic products and services?
A. Federal Interagency Geospatial Concept of Operations
B. Geospatial Incident Management and Support Guide
C. FEMA GIS Strategic Plan
D. FEMA GIS Implementation Plan

9. Qualification and certification within the FEMA Qualification System (FQS) is established through:
A. Training, demonstrated performance, and seniority
B. Seniority, number of years on the job, and position
C. Experience, training, and number of years on the job
D. Experience, training, and demonstrated performance

10. Conducting a careful analysis of available GIS data
A. Is only necessary if enough time is available
B. Creates a product that is easier for decision makers to use
C. Is not really important if the final product looks good
D. Is the responsibility of the Incident Commander

11. All of the following are effective strategies for working within time constraints EXCEPT:
A. Asking for additional resources
B. Negotiating timelines for production
C. Prioritizing geospatial product requests
D. Delivering the product later than requested

12. Two maps that a GISP will need to update intermittently during an incident are:
A. Declaration status maps and damage assessment maps
B. Demographic maps and damage assessment maps
C. Declaration maps and city maps
D. Political maps and climate maps

13. Common disclaimers for products generated by the GIU include:
A. Commercial Imagery Markings and Standard GIS Symbols
B. Privacy Act Disclaimers and Metadata Records
C. Privacy Act Disclaimers and For Official Use Only Disclaimers
D. For Official Use Only Disclaimers and Metadata Records

14. The FEMA Qualification System (FQS):
A. Summarizes incident costs and projected expenditures
B. Serves as the legal justification for hiring decisions
C. Provides operational direction for incident personnel
D. Establishes a qualification and certification system for the FEMA workforce

15. Which of the following is true about Metadata records?
A. They make a product identifiable
B. They are not needed for data that is publicly available on the FEMA Website
C. They are based on standards developed by FEMA
D. They make data more difficult to locate

16. During which phase of the remote sensing workflow process is raw imagery acquired?
A. Processing
B. Collection
C. Tasking
D. Exploitation

17. To ensure an efficient transition to a replacement, you should:
A. Not do anything; your replacement will want to follow his/her own procedures
B. Destroy all previous files so your replacement doesn’t need to deal with them
C. Plan to leave before your replacement arrives
D. Update all products to ensure they are useable, accurate and professional

18. All of the following are true about the GIS Specialist Position Task Book (PTB) EXCEPT:
A. Documents the tasks a trainee has successfully demonstrated for an FQS evaluator at an incident
B. Includes subjective comments about a trainee’s performance
C. Serves as the official record of successfully completed tasks
D. Contains all the critical behaviors, activities, and tasks required to become certified as a GIS Specialist

19. When checking into a Joint Field Office, a GISP will do all of the following EXCEPT:
A. Complete a check in packet
B. Take additional GIS training
C. Check in with a supervisor
D. Fill out a JFO IT Help Desk Request form

20. Once a GIS product is ready to be disseminated, it should always be:
A. Reviewed by a supervisor or another GISP
B. Given a final review by the GISP who produced the product
C. Sent out as quickly as possible without further review
D. Put on hold until a formal review can be scheduled

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