Tactical vs. Strategic Maps

We discussed briefly the difference between “tactical” and ‘”strategic” mapping.  These are standard NIMS terms. It is important to have separate products, because a map is a decision making tools and tactical/strategic decisions require different processes.


Map What is viewed on map Examples Symbols Examples
Tactical A single problem emergency Building fire, active shooter, kidnapping, single wildfire, search for single victim NWCG
Strategic A multiple problem emergency Earthquake, Tsunami, Multiple wildland fires, urban conflagrations, civil disturbances The DHS Symbology


Tactical Map Sample

Strategic Map Sample