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Successful Response Starts with a Map: Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management
cises for all levels of emergency response to ensure that this technology can be used effectively during a disaster.
Develop an up-to-date inventory of the relevant geospatial hardware andresources available for use in an emergency in each state. This inventory should be developed in conjunction with the state GIS coordinator and should include resources from government, academic, and private-sector organizations. Around-the-clock contact information should be included for each resource. This inventory should also be posted to a secure web site for access by authorized emergency and geospatial responders.
Establish a backup satellite communications system. Communication systems are often interrupted during disasters. Establishing a backup satellite communications system to transmit voice and geospatial data can be extremely useful to obtain reports quickly from the field and to transmit information to other locations around the state or the country.