A presentation given in Taiwan on how technology is affecting the field of disaster management.
Smart use of technology is disrupting the way we prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Ever increasing computing power allows for more complex prediction and forecasting to be done, enabling better early warning systems to be developed. Human and electronic sensors are now able to provide disaster managers with information about the situation on the ground in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Explosive growth in mobile phone ownership also enables citizens to become active participants in the disaster response process instead of being simply receivers of assistance. Social networks and mobile platforms allow communities to coordinate their own response and recovery effort, often faster and more efficient than the government can. In this session, we will discuss how we disaster managers can harness these changes instead of fearing them.