CHARM school is a free, three-day training which will teach you how to design and create your own interactive mapping exercises and analyses through ArcGIS and CommunityViz software functionality. This training program is for GIS staff and planners. the first cHARM School was hosted on may 14 - 16, 2019 and was supported by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, North Central Texas Council of Governments, and FEMA.


  • Overview of the CHARM platform, software, and supporting datasets

  • Create your own interactive mapping exercises through CommunityViz functionality

  • Step by step instructions for creating customized exercise assumptions, dynamic attributes, scenario indicators, and live charts in ArcGIS

  • Bring together core functions of CommunityViz to create a sim-city style mapping exercises and live analyses, such as a customized social vulnerability index and risk awareness exhibits

  • Develop your own hazard-based modeling exercise using these skills