The U.S. government provides billions of dollars in aid to regions impacted by
disasters. Effective disaster management requires assimilation and
dissemination of preplanned, historical and real-time information to many
disparate sources. This information must be relayed and understood in the
shortest amount of time possible to carry out the required activities.
Police agencies must communicate with government departments,
which in turn notify emergency medical professionals and paramilitary
forces. The channels of communication must be open at all times.
Moreover, all this “talking” must occur within extremely adverse
conditions; earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other
events are time sensitive and don’t leave much room for delay or
faulty communications.