RIS Technology Overview

Provided below is a synopsis of RIS functionality and known limitations in RIS version 1.0, which is available now on a pilot basis for small-scale implementations.

RIS Capabilities & Functionality

  • A centralized, secure, and cloud-hosted solution that is hosted within a FEMA authorized environment.
  • Automatically uses the NIMS resource typing definitions cataloged in the Resource Typing Library Tool.
  • Create local definitions when NIMS definitions or position qualification sheets do not align or apply.
  • Local definitions populate to a common library for viewing by all organizations using RIS.
  • RIS includes a basic “Resource Typing Calculator” functionality to aid organizations in confirming which NIMS resource typing definition their resource aligns to when inventorying.
  • Resource data sharing (viewing access only) across organizations is defined in the Terms of Use.

RIS Limitations

  • Does not currently support relationships between organizations.
  • Does not have any established hierarchical or parent/child model between multiple organizations, agencies, or jurisdictions.
  • User management and organization assignment process is time-consuming for larger/multi-agency implementations.
  • Only static data exports available in the following formats: CSV, KML, XML.
  • Does not yet have a pre-configured API or live web service as a data extract option.
  • When migrating legacy IRIS data into RIS, most but not all, data fields will migrate when running bulk imports.

The graphic below illustrates the RIS version 1.0 technology framework.

The RIS version 1.0 technology framework diagram: A FEMA centralized, cloud-hosted, secure environment. RTLT points to RIS. RIS is composed of local, state, tribe or territory, and NGO or Other organizations. This makes up the new Secure, Centralized, and CLoud-Hosted Resource Inventory Solution.


Get Started Using the Resource Inventory System

To get started using the Resource Inventory System, follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the NRH Request Access Form.
  2. Register for a PrepToolkit account if you don't have one already. Registration in PrepToolkit is also required to gain access and use the Resource Inventory System

Once you have completed the steps above, a member of the National Resource Hub team will review your request and follow up with you within several days.

Request Access to RIS

Existing User Log-In

Note: You must complete the Request Form and be granted access before logging in to the tool.