How Mobile Devices Are Transforming Disaster Relief and Public Safety

Source: Darrell M. West and Elizabeth Valentini, Brookings Mobile Economy Project, Issues in Technology Innovation, July 2013

From the summary:
In this paper, part of the Brookings Mobile Economy Project, Darrell West and Elizabeth Valentini examine how mobile technology assists in the creation of early warning systems, aids in emergency coordination, and improves public communications in times of crisis. West and Valentini advise policymakers to make better use of current mobile technologies and promote future advances to provide first responders and citizens with the tools necessary to save lives during threatening events. Governments and businesses alike should take full advantage of mobile technology to mitigate property damage, inform the public and save lives.