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Data Processing

  • By: William Lang
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

In disasters, it is important to be able to process data for the benefit of first responders and relief efforts, as well as to support the continuity of business processes to bring the community back to normal as soon as possible. Over the years, data processing has been identified as a requirement to disaster relief, and efforts have been made by the public and private sector to enhance the availability and quality of data.

Data on the demographics of a threatened population is needed so vulnerabilities can be assessed and addressed. Local emergency management works with the first responder community, local governments, and data processors to use data to help prepare resources and plans for preparedness, response, and recovery.

Role of Data Processing in Disaster Relief

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