Value of the internet in emergency response.

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Can the Internet be of value in emergency response? The answer is yes, judging by its use in the Kobe earthquake in Japan in 1995, ice storms in the US and Canada in 1998, and other disasters. Current and future areas of application are numerous, including exchanging messages, documents, and data files via e-mail; accessing operational data on-line; visualizing events via photos and maps; providing backup communications in lieu of broadcast media, exchanging information between crisis managers and responders; and providing information to media and the public. However, the Internet has some drawbacks, such as hardware/software requirements, computer literacy requirements, ... continued below

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Herzenberg, C. L.; Newsom, D. E. & Swietlik, C. E. May 26, 1999.

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Can the Internet be of value in emergency response? The answer is yes, judging by its use in the Kobe earthquake in Japan in 1995, ice storms in the US and Canada in 1998, and other disasters. Current and future areas of application are numerous, including exchanging messages, documents, and data files via e-mail; accessing operational data on-line; visualizing events via photos and maps; providing backup communications in lieu of broadcast media, exchanging information between crisis managers and responders; and providing information to media and the public. However, the Internet has some drawbacks, such as hardware/software requirements, computer literacy requirements, traffic jams, dependence on power and communication networks, and risks to information integrity and security. This paper examines some of the advantages, drawbacks, concerns, and potential uses of the Internet for emergency response.

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  • International Professional Communication Conference (IPCC '99), New Orleans, LA (US), 09/07/1999--09/10/1999

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  • Report No.: ANL/DIS/CP-99120
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 11829
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc622681

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Herzenberg, C. L.; Newsom, D. E. & Swietlik, C. E. Value of the internet in emergency response., article, May 26, 1999; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc622681/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.