Situation Awareness and Collaboration Tool

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Situation Awareness and Collaboration Tool

What is SCOUT?

The Situation Awareness and Collaboration Tool (SCOUT) was deployed in April 2016 by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and through strategic partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T).
SCOUT provides the California first responder community and supporting agencies a web-based tactical and operational response platform to assist in communication, coordination, and collaboration within incident management for all hazards, whether natural or human-made.

Authorized users can view, search and add relevant tactical incident information for a variety of incident types, including but not limited to wildland fires, floods, search & rescue missions, special events, earthquakes, and homeland security incidents. SCOUT also integrates incident information with other relevant geographical information, such as weather conditions, road conditions, utilities, census information, known hazards, and government boundaries. The program team is working on the next generation of SCOUT which will be available in late 2022. 

California government agencies and sponsored non-government agencies with a public safety or emergency management mission are eligible to apply for authorization by contacting

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SCOUT Sustainable Funding Model Announcement SCOUT Sustainable Funding Model Announcement.pdfSCOUT Sustainable Funding Model AnnouncementExplains the SCOUT Sustainable Funding Model and earliest effective date.Additional Documentation2/7/2022 9:23:10 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.Additional Documentation9/3/2019 5:24:09 PM
SCOUT Concept of Operations SCOUT Concept of Operations.pdfSCOUT Concept of OperationsConcept of Operations for how to utilize the SCOUT platform in California.Additional Documentation2/7/2022 9:23:50 PM
SCOUT Basic User Training Basic User Training.pptxSCOUT Basic User TrainingBasic user training cirriculum for certified SCOUT instructors.Training and Guides9/3/2019 5:22:39 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.Training and Guides9/3/2019 5:22:48 PM
SCOUT FAQ Sheet SCOUT FAQ Sheet.pdfSCOUT FAQ SheetTraining and Guides2/7/2022 9:21:56 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.Training and Guides9/3/2019 5:22:56 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.Training and Guides9/3/2019 5:23:08 PM


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