August 19, 2016

Coordination vital to bridging rescue information gap

Establishing emergency relief networks is what rescue teams in action should do in the aftermath of disasters. An extensive rescue network will save time and energy, and hasten rescue missions through coordination.
The main point is that rescue workers should coordinate searches for stranded groups of flood victims across the country, instead of rushing to places described on social media as urgently in need of emergency relief.
It is understandable that the situation in every flood-affected region calls for urgent attention and immediate action. On the other hand, this urgency in itself has resulted in coincident visits of several rescue teams to a single place.
This highlights the importance of coordination between rescue teams by exchanging information on their whereabouts, so as to avoid unnecessary overlaps. In addition, the establishment of information centres has a greater part to play in rescue operations.
In this respect, rescue teams and aid agencies will be required to provide information on where they are going so that the centres can give other rescue teams more specific information of places left unattended.
The ongoing disaster requires all parties to make rescue missions and recovery activities more effective and efficient by keeping a strong sense of community spirit.


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