The gathering and analysis of data to produce information which
consequently does not reach decision makers is an unfortunate waste of scarce
resources - with potentially life-threatening consequences. Emergency managers
should never assume that information finds its way to those who need it.
Procedures for the dissemination of information to the decision makers and media
who are positioned to set the wheels of the disaster response in motion should
be planned in advance. Planning should take into account the geographical,
political, and organizational location of those eventual users.
This section outlines some of the key issues for emergency
managers to consider when formulating a strategy for information