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Briefing Date:03/06/2007
Topic:Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
Committee on Using Information Technology to Enhance Disaster Management

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Congressional Briefing
Tuesday, March 6, 2007 – 10:00 a.m.
338 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.

on

Improving Disaster Management:
The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

This final report examines how information technology can enhance crisis preparedness, response, and consequence management of natural and manmade disasters. It develops a research and implementation roadmap and provides findings and recommendations on (1) requirements for effective use of information technology for crisis preparedness, response, and consequence management, (2) research and development needs, and (3) research management and technology transition strategy. (A workshop report, which addresses elements of a research and implementation strategy through the description of opportunities for effective use of information technology in crisis response and consequence management, promising research areas, and approaches for managing information technology research initiatives and incorporating research advances into the information and communications systems FEMA and other agencies responsible for crisis preparedness, response, and consequence management, was completed in 2005.)

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The final report was publicly released on January 22, 2007 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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