GIS Natural Hazards Mitigation

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Progress to date – June 1, 2022:

What’s new

As of June 1, 2022, the Natural Hazards Mitigation (NHM) project remains in the execution phase and is on schedule.  The project team has been focused on requirements refinement, loading natural hazard datasets, and configuring the interface.

Current status:

  • The organizational structure within the Portal has been completed and will expand as more users/agencies begin to use the Portal.

  • The project team has been heavily focused on loading Steering Committee data selections into the Portal.  Currently, we have loaded 10 authoritative, natural hazard geospatial datasets into the Portal and continue to add more.

  • A new account request form has been created on the Portal home page and is now connected with our WaTech IT ticketing system.  Additional support forms are being created to handle user support requests from within the Portal interface.

  • Agency-specific meetings regarding GIS infrastructure and GeoPortal 2.0 integration have been carried out with five key agencies and will be on-going for the remaining agencies. These meetings help us refine our project requirements.

  • Agency onboarding into the platform will begin this month focusing on those agencies listed in the project proviso.

  • GeoPortal 2.0 “Open Office” meetings are continuing monthly and are open to any interested current or future stakeholders.  See the “Upcoming events” section for more information.

Project achievements:

  • Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) has been fully implemented as the authentication method for all GeoPortal 2.0 environments (PROD/DEV).

  • Full-system backups are now in place for the production and development environments.


The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) was tasked by the Legislature to develop a common data-sharing platform for public organizations in Washington to host and share sensitive natural hazards mitigation geospatial data. There is no common platform for state, local and higher-education organizations to share existing state geospatial data on natural hazards risks. A lack of data in standardized and compatible formats results in organizations maintaining individual sets of data, creating redundant processes and leads to inconsistencies in how data is reported.

This project will provide consistent natural hazards data for use by state, local and higher-education organizations to support state hazard risks and resilience mapping and analysis. Legislation has identified $724,000 in funding to create this common platform and has established an expectation for the data platform to be available by June 30, 2023. 

The following organizations were identified by the state Legislature and are members of the project steering committee and customer advisory group: Department of Ecology, Department of Natural Resources, Sea Grant Washington, Climate Impacts Group, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, State Department of Health and the State Water Research Center.

More information

This project is being led by the OCIO Geospatial Program Office.  If you would like to be a part of this project and/or want to know more, please reach out to one of the following project team members:

Upcoming Events

  • Steering Committee meetings occur on the second Tuesday of every month from 3-4pm.
  • Open Office meetings occur on the fourth Thursday of every month from 2-3 p.m.  These meetings are open to any interested future users from state organizations. Reach out to a project team member at the bottom of this page to receive an invitation!


Link to Prototype

Coming soon