Information management in disasters

Effective information management for disasters is a vital component of international disaster response and relief. It is based on the premise that accurate and timely information is available before (early warning and monitoring), during, and after disasters.

Information management involves coordination, delivery of relief assistance, beneficiary involvement, marketing and external relations, monitoring and evaluation.

Information management:

  • saves lives through early warning

  • reduces suffering in the wake of disasters, by providing tracing services, concise information on assistance packages, or clearly indicating where and when shelter will be provided

  • promotes better media coverage of the world’s neglected disasters so that global assistance might be more equitably allocated

Information management in disasters relies on the extended network of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and field-based staff to build on and maximize the use of existing expertise, access, and experience.

Disaster Management Information System (DMIS) is a vital component in the IFRC information management system.

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