March 08, 2007

Book - Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Response

I just received a copy of a very interesting book that should be of interest to anyone involved with emergency response or perhaps if you could be involved should a disaster strike your region. The book/report provides findings and some analysis of the IT and geospatial response to recent disasters (the events of Sept 11, 2001 and more Hurricane Katrina). Topics covered include data sharing (and the lack thereof), data availability, interoperability, training, and public sector support for Geo technologies. Using the recent events as a model, the geospatial response is examined in detail in an effort to find out what could be done better the next time. Of particular interest to those working directly in emergency response is an appendix providing an emergency response checklist. Additionally, a section titled critical elements in successful planning response should be very useful for those charged with coordinating and implementing a response. The book is from the National Research Council of the National Academies and is titled "Successful Response Starts With a Map" - see

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