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close this bookEmergency Information Management and Telecommunications - 1st Edition (Department of Humanitarian Affairs/United Nations Disaster Relief Office - Disaster Management Training Programme - United Nations Development Programme , 1997, 62 p.)
close this folderPart 1: Information management systems
close this folderInformation dissemination
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentOrganizational protocols
View the documentUse of coordination structures for information dissemination
View the documentUse of the media in information dissemination
View the documentThe Internet and the World Wide Web


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 dissemination.