When our lives are in danger, we expect governments to step in immediately with a plan of action. But at a time of chaos, collaborating across multiple jurisdictions and agencies can be confusing.
A whitepaper by geospatial company Esri provides five key steps governments should consider when preparing for emergency response:
- Identify vulnerabilities and mitigate potential impacts thorough risk assessment and planning
- Collaborate seamlessly with other agencies to achieve unity of effort before, during, after a crisis
- Intelligently deploy staff and resources to quickly respond to and recover from complex emergencies
- Communicate with and engage citizens and the private sector to keep them informed
- Institutionalise data-driven decision making and take advantage of big data as well as other fragmented sources of information
Analysts, planners, citizens, first responders, elected officials and government executives all play a vital role in a crisis. Geospatial technology allows multiple organisations with overlapping missions to work together.
To learn more about how governments can build safer communities, download the full whitepaper below.