Aerial view of flooding in Grand Forks, North Dakota, during spring of 1997. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.)

  • Private organizations can provide a useful function in the dissemination of disaster information, especially in delivering such information to the general public.
  • Private for-profit organizations assist in delivering disaster information, and it is likely that this will continue to be the case in the future.
  • Government agencies possess much of the basic data that are needed for an effective disaster information system, but data are also valuable from private sources.
  • Disaster information user needs vary greatly. For some, highly processed data are most useful, while for others raw data are more useful.
  • It is important that users of disaster information be adequately trained.
  • As atmospheric and oceanographic conditions know no national boundaries, global disaster information is needed for natural disasters.
  • In some cases, early and progressive information can be used to optimize the deployment of personnel and resources in a potential high-hazard area prior to the actual occurrence of the effects of a natural disaster there.
  • Information products could benefit greatly from user input in defining process requirements for hazard-specific situations at the national (or global) scale.

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