Emergency Management

Officer checks multiple computer screens during a public safety training exercise.

Beyond silos: The pitfalls of data silos for emergency management

Emergency management strategies have been hindered by silos since long before the recent focus on big data. In order to better contextualize the effects of information silos on public safety efforts, we’ll explore the harms that silos pose to each of the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

First responders provide rescue support during the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Beyond silos: Defining information silos for public safety

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The storage of information across distinct information silos, also known as data silos, has resulted in barriers to data-sharing and collaboration between public safety agencies. Breaking down these barriers is key to bringing situational intelligence to public safety.

An officer answers a 911 call at an emergency dispatch center.

Perceive, predict, act: Situational awareness for COVID-19

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In addition to physical resources like maps, radios, or personal protective equipment (PPE), responders use conceptual frameworks to help them make important decisions during an incident. One of the most important conceptual tools in the realm of emergency management is situational awareness.