TABLE 2.1 Key IT-Based Capabilities for Disaster Management and Related Promising Technologies


Promising Technologies

Key Capability

Near Term

More robust, interoperable, and priority-sensitive communications


Wireless networking

Redundant and resilient infrastructure

Internet/IP-based networking

Improved situational awareness and a common operating picture

Radio-frequency identification for resource tracking and logistics

Improved decision support and resource tracking and allocation

Online resource directories

Commercial collaboration software and file sharing

Greater organizational agility for disaster management

Computer-mediated exercises

Portable unmanned aerial vehicles and robots

Better engagement of the public

Automated, multimodal public notification and resource contact systems

Multimodal public reporting capabilities

Validated online information sources

Reverse 911 capability (i.e., two-way emergency reporting)

Enhanced infrastructure survivability and continuity of societal functions

Mobile power generators

Redundant radio systems

Dynamic stockpiled supply management

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