Accession Number : ADA133285

Title :   Appraisal of Scientific Resources for Emergency Management.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 30 Sep 82-31 Aug 83,


Personal Author(s) : Lawless,Edward W ; Smith,Deborah M

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Report Date : Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 116

Abstract : The scientific and technological information needs, capabilities and resources of the Federal Emergency Management Agency were evaluated through a combination of approaches. These included: a review of prior research on the informational needs of emergency and disaster response agencies; case studies of selected previous disasters and emergencies; analyses of FEMA's mission and roles; surveys and interviews with selected FEMA staff regarding capabilities, practices and needs; and contacts with several other government agency and private sector resources involved in emergency and disaster responses. Several options are suggested for improving FEMA's scientific and technological information capabilities to meet its needs. These include: improving the presently existing system of personal contacts; improving directories of emergency and disaster response resources; developing a Science Resource Information System; developing a National Emergency Science Reserve; and preparing critical reviews of available information in selected areas.

Descriptors :   *Crisis management , *Information systems , *Emergencies , Resources , Resource management , Disasters , Surveys , Case studies , Data bases , Network analysis(Management) , Management planning and control , Organizations , Communications networks , Directories

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE