Report calls for better information that could help with disaster efforts


  • Randy Showstack


The U.S. federal government should continue laying plans for an integrated disaster information network that would link disaster managers with hundreds of government, university, and private databases, recommends a new report, “Reducing Disaster Losses Through Better Information,” issued by the National Research Council's Board on Natural Disasters in November.

The report says the network could be an important tool in saving lives and minimizing losses in the United States, and that it could be expanded to include other countries once the effectiveness is tested.