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‘Getting right info at right time is challenge’

Abu Dhabi, UAE: To get the right information at the right time is a challenge due to the lack of information sharing culture. Whether an emergency situation has erupted from a natural disaster or a man-made one, international standardised cooperation is required, concluded experts at the Crisis and Emergency Management Conference 2012, held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate (UAE). 
“Some of the challenges the UAE currently faces include ‘corporate culture reluctant to change, lack of cooperation, readiness of organisations, absence of quality digital data like roads for routing and geocoding, hiding errors and problems to avoid accountability and lack of guidelines to share data that are not classified as sensitive’,” observed Hashem Al Hashemi, Head of GIS section at the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) in the UAE.
Captain Ramiro Galvez, station commander, Fairfax Country Fire and Rescue Department in the US, said that developing standardised procedures for international cooperation as well as a standard language to define urban area searches, in addition to promoting methodologies to disaster prone countries, were important. Information sharing is a key component in crisis management.
The conference came up with recommendations for crisis management in the region that included guidelines and a unified system among the GCC countries to deal with emergencies.
The use of similar equipment, training, including education institutions, in strategies and planning as well as fostering awareness programmes for the public were deemed important.
Preventing rumour was also seen as important. Providing care and safety for people with special needs during crises, using technology and organising annual specialised conferences concluded the recommendations.
Source: gulfnews.com