October 26, 2007

Book Review - Improving Disaster Management

Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
National Research Council
HC 551.2 .N37 2007

This is a result of the e-Government Act of 2002, which called for a study of how information technology is used in disaster management. It begins by providing a context of what happens in disaster situations, emphasizing the use of information technology for information gathering and communication. It goes on to present ideas and recommendations of how this infrastructure could be used to greater effect, improving disaster management. Challenges and difficulties, particularly those involving social structures and organizations are enumerated and strategies to overcome them suggested. Finally, the study presents ideas on how the technical and information technology systems can be strengthened and improved to better support disaster recovery efforts.