GEOHuntsville UAS Working Group 2018 Activities   

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FEMA Region IV and the Alabama UAS Working Group Collaboration

The goal of the FEMA Region IV UAS Working Groups is to help establish a collaborative environment where local, state, federal and private sector UAS partners can share best practices, participate in state and regional UAS exercises and establish working relationships during  blue skies  that can be leveraged during times of disaster via Memorandums Of Understanding, Mutual Aid agreements and the EMAC process. As a result, a UAS Common Operating Picture will be developed to gather situational awareness for decision makers during disaster response, establish standards for performing damage assessments during recovery efforts and give guidance for state grantee reimbursements. 


Our expectation is that these FEMA Region IV UAS Working Groups will serve as models that can be replicated across the nation. Examples of how emerging technology can be organized and utilized for disaster  survivor assistance while integrating UAS into the National Air Space.

  • FEMA REGION IV and the Alabama UAS Working Group Activities

    • Summit Activities and Table Top Exercise

    • FEMA Training Opportunities: See below

    • Register as a Resource
    • Bi-Weekly Telecon Minutes


Training Opportunities

Below, is a list of FEMA courses helpful for any UAS operator who would like to participate in emergency operations at the local, state, and federal government levels.  The link below will take you to these IS courses available online.

Occasionally, the AWR-345 course is offered to state and local governments and their partners.  Check back to see when courses are being made available.

  • IS-100  – Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • IS-700  – National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-800.b – National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • IS-230.d – Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • AWR-345 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Disaster Management

Are you a UAS Pilot?

We are working hard to discover UAS assets and resources within our state and often receive requests for information about UAS Pilots in our area. 

If you'd like to provide information about resources you have please keep reading.

The main story

Over the past several months we have been receiving requests for information about UAS pilots and resources around our state. This is a result of UAS relief efforts in support of the 2017 Hurricane Season and the anticipated need for the response efforts in the future.
GEOHuntsville and the GEOHuntsville UAS Working Group would like to help get the word out. If you are interested in providing your information, you can get started by registering here. We will contact you right away with additional details. 
If you are in need of resources, please contact me directly at
UAS Resources

Continued Support

Members of GEOHuntsville continue to volunteer their support in recovery efforts as needed. Identifying these resources ahead of time will greatly improve our effectiveness.  If you are interested in participating, please feel free to reach out to me directly at

Efforts to Organize are Underway

Several efforts to organize UAS operators are being coordinated now. We will continue to reach out and make connections where possible.

2017 Roadmap  Demonstration/Exercise (DEMEX)

Kickoff Meeting was held on Monday, May 22nd

A GEOINT, Responder and Unmanned Aircraft Systems working group collaboration

The meeting was a great success and currently the DEMEX planning team is being formed. Standby for upcoming meeting information. If you'd like to be a part of the planning team for this Demonstration/Exercise, please contact us

UAS Working Group Meeting held

Thursday, January 19th from 2-3 p.m.

Meeting notice for the next UAS working group. GEOHuntsville Board Member, David Lucas from Bradley Law Firm has graciously offered their space for this meeting. 

Location will be in the Regions building at 200 Clinton Ave W # 900, Huntsville, AL 35801. We will be in the conference room on the 10th floor.

Call in number for this meeting for those of you unable to attend in person: (716) 293-9191 Access Code: 92698

See the Slides from Meeting

Come Discover What the Huntsville UAS Community Is Up To!

GEOHuntsville Working groups provide a collaborative forum between users and technologists to develop ideas, pilot projects, proposals and solutions. The GEOHuntsville UAS Working Group is focused on defining policy for unmanned aircraft systems as it integrates with the National Airspace System.
Want to Learn More?

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Working Group

Our Newest Working Group is now established!

Interested in Joining In?  Contact us

Hear a debrief of the Full Report 

from the GEOHuntsville Demonstration and Exercise 

at the GEOHuntsville Summit 2017!

Monday, February 27, 2017   

Read More HERE