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Coordination in rapidly evolving disaster response systems: the role of information

  • Louise K. Comfort
  • Kilkon Ko
  • Adam Zagorecki
Part of the Agent-Based Social Systems book series (ABSS, volume 1)

Summary

Assessing the changing dynamic between the demand that is placed upon a community by cumulative exposure to hazards and the capacity of the community to mitigate or respond to that risk represents a central problem in estimating the community’s resilience to disaster. We present an initial effort to simulate the dynamic between increasing demand and decreasing capacity in an actual disaster response system to determine the fragility of the system, or the point at which the system fails. The results show that access to core information enhances efficiency of response actions and increases coordination throughout the network of responding organizations

Keywords

Disaster management networks fragility core information multi-organizational response 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louise K. Comfort
    • 1
  • Kilkon Ko
    • 1
  • Adam Zagorecki
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Public AdministrationUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.School of Information SciencesUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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