timely and useful manner. The process would draw on many existing resources and capabilities. Some features of a DIN should include:
Much of the DIN focus should be on developing integrative products for decision makers. Top priority should be accorded this area because the wealth of information that resides in numerous databases cannot be readily utilized by those who must take action to reduce risks or respond to disaster losses. A few examples, from many that could be cited, of integrative products are:
The overall goal of a DIN should be to reduce disaster losses. This can only be achieved by building communities that are resilient to the impacts of disasters. With limited resources, community decision makers need the best information they can get on what the hazards are, how likely they are to occur, what is at risk, how the effects vary throughout a community, and what can be done to mitigate the impacts. Much of the basic data from which this information would be derived is available now; however, the process for making available information products appropriate for decision makers needs to be developed.