Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) was originally created by the US DoD for military applications over a decade ago. Now a Civilian version is available for use by first responders and other agencies for free. Download it now from the play store or learn more about its history at TAK.gov.
Hurricane Season 2022
Resources to keep you situationally aware.
The innovators at PAR Government have developed several tactical capabilities over the years to aid and assist First Responders. Our expert services bring data to the edge, allowing for quick and accurate responses. When a hurricane or tropical storm hits Sit(x)TM provides mapping, communications, and situational awareness so you can be mission ready.
Sit(x) Video Streamer
Our newest feature allows for further situational awareness. From reporting conditions to responding, Sit(x) is your best choice.
First Responder Safety Tips
Successful TAK Deployment
The Team Awareness Kit was built to work in challenging environments where network connectivity may not always exist. The items listed below give new and existing users a rough guide of what to prepare for when using TAK during a disaster response scenario:
- Imagery that has been downloaded over the impacted region ahead of time. TAK will allow you to access this imagery even when network connectivity exists. Sit(x) users can leverage the Content tool to stage imagery ahead of time ensuring that everyone connected has access to the same overhead imagery,
- Perimeter boundaries/site footprints as file overlays. KML/KMZ and shapefiles are well supported in TAK while working online or offline.
- A battery pack to keep your TAK device charged. Like network connectivity, finding a constant source of electricity can be challenging during a disaster response scenario.
- If you have a UAS (drone), check with us to see if its supported by the UAS Tool plugin available to TAK users. Sit(x) can be leveraged to broadcast live full motion video that you capture increasing the overall situational awareness for your team.
- Access to high fidelity, localized weather data. Contact our team if you need help in getting that setup.
- Extra USB cables and connectors to support charging or connecting your TAK device. Consider investing in a HDMI connector to plug your TAK device into a larger display to setup a makeshift operations center when necessary.
- Sit(x) to keep you connected
Please contact us if you have any questions about using TAK or Sit(x) during the hurricane season. Our team will be busy integrating as many data feeds as possible to ensure everyone has the most accurate and up to date situational awareness.
- If local authorities advise you to evacuate, go right away.
- Bring your emergency preparedness kit
- Follow evacuation routes and do not try to take shortcuts because they may be blocked.
- Check with local officials for shelter locations.
- Determine your best protection for high winds and flooding
- Take shelter in a designated storm shelter or an interior room for high winds.
- Stay away from glass windows or doors.
- Move to higher ground before flooding begins