From Hurricane Sandy to international catastrophes such as the tsunami in Japan, governments are increasingly using mobile technology in natural disaster preparedness and public safety response. With an estimated 6 billion mobile phone users worldwide, mobile communications is fast proving to be the most effective and efficient means of reaching and informing the public when disaster strikes. How is mobile technology being used before, during, and after a crisis situation in the United States and around the world? How has mobile communications’ role in catastrophic situations changed, and how are public safety organizations utilizing this technology to make citizens safer and better prepared? What are the costs and benefits of using mobile technology to ready for and react to a major emergency?
On July 16, as part of the Mobile Economy Project, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a discussion on mobile technology and its evolving role in disaster and public safety. A panel of experts discussed how mobile devices aid in planning for and reacting to a crisis, and how do they empower emergency management agencies and officials, first responders, and the public to tackle a variety of natural disasters and security crises.
Participants can follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TechCTI.
Source Article from http://www.brookings.edu/events/2013/07/16-mobile-technology-natural-disasters-public-safety
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