ERIC Number: ED262777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-9
Reference Count: 0
Information Technology for Emergency Management. Report for the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. Transmitted to the Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session. Serial HH.
Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
This study presents an overview of the existing and emerging issues related to the application of information technology--computers, telecommunications, microform systems, audio and video devices--to all phases of emergency management: prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery. Both natural and man-caused disasters are treated in this analysis. Subsequent to the presentation of an executive summary, an introductory chapter provides the following: a context for the ensuing treatment of the objective of the report; a variety of perspectives on the identification, perceptions, and significance of this problem area; and a number of identifiable alternatives for congressional initiatives in the future. The following two chapters illustrate the various ways information technologies are being used in coping with several kinds of natural and technological disasters, along with background and key statistical information on these focal areas; then a discussion of the Federal role in striving to ensure greater resiliency in the information support infrastructure is presented. Next, a chronology of selected governmental actions and related events reflects the pattern of activity, especially during the past 25 years. The final six chapters include the highlights and commentary of major subcommittee endeavors, including two hearings, a national workshop, and a technical forum. A series of appendices provide selected background material. (THC)
Descriptors: Computers, Emergency Programs, Government Publications, Government Role, Information Science, Information Utilization, National Programs, National Security, Natural Disasters, Nonprint Media, Rescue, Safety, Telecommunications
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.