A scenario-based study on information flow and collaboration patterns in disaster management

Disasters. 2009 Apr;33(2):214-38. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7717.2008.01071.x. Epub 2008 Aug 9.


Disaster management (DM) is a continuous, highly collaborative process involving governments, DM organisations, responders, the construction sector, and the general public. Most research approaches to DM include the development of information and communication technologies (ICT) to support the collaboration process rather than the creation of a collaboration process to provide information flows and patterns. An Intelligent Disaster Collaboration System (IDCS) is introduced in this paper as a conceptual model to integrate ICT into DM and the mitigation process and to enhance collaboration. The framework is applicable to the collaboration process at the local, regional and national levels. Within this context, the deployment of ICT tools in DM is explored and scenario-based case studies on flooding and terrorism--examples of natural and human-induced disasters, respectively--are presented. Conclusions are drawn regarding the differences found in collaboration patterns and ICT used during natural and human-induced disasters and the differences between currently available ICT and proposed ICT.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Disaster Planning*
  • Humans
  • Information Management / organization & administration*
  • Information Systems
  • United Kingdom