GIS Natural Hazards Mitigation

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Progress to date – Dec. 1, 2021:

What’s new

As of Dec. 1, 2021, the Natural Hazards Mitigation project is in the planning phase and on schedule.  The OCIO is actively fulfilling project management requirements as well as gathering data/business requirements for the data portal and is analyzing results from a data needs survey and interviews.

Current status:

  • The prototype portal site is active and a Secure Access Washington (SAW) sign-on is currently in testing.
  • The Integrated Project Management Plan has been finalized.
  • A Requirements Management Plan was developed.
  • Quality Assurance delivered the Readiness Assessment and QA Plan.
  • Data Needs Survey identified 80 datasets used by State Agencies in natural hazard mitigation efforts; 15 datasets which agencies are willing to share; and carried out five interviews with stakeholders.


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 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, 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.


Link to Prototype

Coming soon