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New technologies and disaster information resources

New technologies and disaster information resources

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

February 2003


Why this module

Why this module?

  • Understand why and how disaster managers can integrate the use of the Internet and other technologies into their information and communications strategies.


New technologies and disaster information resources1

New technologies and disaster information resources

Part 1. The impact on disaster managers


Can we agree that

The train is leaving the station …. All aboard!

Can we agree that . . . ?

  • The Internet is not simply a passing fancy . . .

  • It has changed, and will continue to change, the way we work.


How has the internet changed our lives

How has the Internet changedour lives?


The progression of internet use in disaster management in the americas

The progression of Internet use in disaster management in the Americas

The first projects exclusively designed to promote a culture of Internet use.

1995


Objetives

Objetives

  • Improve horizontal comunication.

  • Provide local access to global sources of information.


Obstacles

Obstacles

  • Political and regulatory monopolies

  • Lack of telephone lines and equipment

  • Much-needed support and hand-holding

  • The issue of language


New technologies and disaster information resources

Listservs and the WWW

1995

1996


New technologies and disaster information resources

  • Discussion group among Caribbean disaster managers [email protected]

  • Internet e-mail distribution list [email protected]@paho.org


New technologies and disaster information resources

Internet MeetingBogota, Colombia

1995

1996

1997


Where recommendations included

Where recommendations included ….

  • Allowing unfettered exchange of information

  • Including the topic on conference agendas!

  • Closing the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots”


New technologies and disaster information resources

Hurricanes Georges and Mitch

1995

1996

1997

1998


Hurricanes georges and mitch were the first internet intensive disasters

Hurricanes Georges and Mitch were the firstInternet-intensive disasters


New technologies and disaster information resources

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

Venezuela


New technologies and disaster information resources

Information-based decision making

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000


New technologies and disaster information resources

For any Ministry, agency or organization, disasters cause

C H A O S !


The climate during disasters

On the negative side

More political than medical

Competitive rather than collaborative

More emotional than pragmatic

The climate during disasters

On the plus side

  • Solidarity

  • Anything is possible!


Where are we headed

Where are we headed?

The democratization of information


Twenty years ago

INFORMATION

Twenty years ago . . .

  • Whoever had the information had power !


Today

Today . . .

  • Power lies in disseminating information

The affected country

Mass media

Donors

The public


Twenty years ago1

Twenty years ago . . .

  • Usually, information originated from one single source


Today1

Today . . .

  • Information comes from all over !


In summary

In summary . . .


New technologies and disaster information resources

  • We must close the digital divide

Source: Internet World Stats, 2003


New technologies and disaster information resources

Growth is tremendous, but the digital divide remains . . .


New technologies and disaster information resources

The Internet is used for many purposes...


Why don t we make more use of available information

Why don’t we make more use of available information?

Today, information is not our scarcest resource . . .

. . . Time is our scarcest resource!


New technologies and disaster information resources

Too little time + Too much information

=

expectations thatcannot be met


New technologies and disaster information resources

  • Unmet expectations = LOST TIME

  • Lost time =LOST CLIENTS


We used to talk about the information have nots

We used to talk about the information “have-nots” . . .

” N ow we talk about the information “can nots”


In summary1

In summary . . .

  • The digital divide is closing

  • Use of the Internet in disaster management contributes to transparency


In summary2

In summary . . .

  • The digital divide is closing

  • Use of the Internet in disaster management contributes to transparency

  • Those who adopt a non-restrictive, open policy regarding Internet communication and dissemination of information will have the last word!


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