Information and communications technologies
(ICTs) are key elements of the global response to crises, whether natural
or man-made disasters or post-conflict S&R scenarios. ICTs are vital
enablers of the coordination mechanisms that civilian and military organizations
need to assist local populations and host governments. ICT capabilities
and requirements need to be better understood, so that relief and reconstruction
efforts can be better constructed and coordinated by all parties working
in the interest of the affected population.
This primer presents current knowledge
and best practices in creating a collaborative, civil-military, information
environment to support data collection, communications, collaboration,
and information-sharing needs in disaster situations and complex emergencies.