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New technologies and disaster information resources. Ocho Rios, Jamaica February 2003. 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. .

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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.
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
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”
hurricanes georges and mitch were the first internet intensive disasters
Hurricanes Georges and Mitch were the firstInternet-intensive disasters
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1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

Venezuela

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Information-based decision making

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

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 !
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We must close the digital divide

Source: Internet World Stats, 2003

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!

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Too little time + Too much information

=

expectations thatcannot be met

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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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