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:

  1. Identify vulnerabilities and mitigate potential impacts thorough risk assessment and planning
  2. Collaborate seamlessly with other agencies to achieve unity of effort before, during, after a crisis
  3. Intelligently deploy staff and resources to quickly respond to and recover from complex emergencies
  4. Communicate with and engage citizens and the private sector to keep them informed
  5. 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.