Abstract - The Information Society 2 (2)

Information Technology in Rural Emergency Management

James W Morentz

The social and economic life of rural communities continually is jeopardized by emergency situations caused both by natural events and human activities. Advances in information technology are making it possible for rural emergencymanagement teams to prepare effectively for and respond to disasters. In Minnesota, microcomputers have been used to aid rural communities in managing and deploying emergency resources. Several states have implemented 2-way cable television links to local emergency services, such as fire stations, police stations, and emergency medical services. Arizona has developed an emergency satellite communications system to coordinate state and county emergency operations. These applications have been based on commercially adaptable technologies. However, widespread use of information technology will require the development of specific emergency management applications.

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