A Secure Decentralized Disaster Management Information Network (SDDMIN)
Using Rapidly Deployable Wireless Networking & Mobile Computing
It is clear
from the recent disaster experiences, like the Hurricane Katrina of
2005, South-Asian Tsunami of 2004, 9/11 of USA and the incessant Mumbai
rain, shows a strong need for a rapidly deployable communications
network that would serve a much needed connectivity and communications
among rescue workers, survivors and authority in command to restore the
situation through proper resource management.
What are disasters and how to manage them?
are defined as an event, concentrated in time and space, which threatens
a society. (Turner, 1976) Or, an extreme event as any manifestation of
the earth's system (lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere or atmosphere)
which differs substantially from the mean. Three major planks of
Disasters are : (1) rapid (2) extreme event (3) profound societal
impact. Disaster Management may be defined as "...a set of
actions and processes designed to lessen disastrous effects before,
during and after a disaster".
[Alexander, David. Principles
of Emergency Planning and Management. Oxford University Press. New York.
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