New ECLAC paper on tech’s role in disaster management

The ECLAC publication “Strengthening cooperation between telecommunications operators and national disaster offices in Caribbean countries” is now available for download online.

Coauthored by Robert Crane Williams and Shiva Bissessar, the paper examines the importance of resilience in modern telecommunications to the coordination of national disasters in Caribbean nations.

From the abstract…

…as a matter of public safety, ensuring the resilience of telecommunications infrastructure in the face of natural hazards is of national importance.

One way this resilience can be enhanced is by strengthening the relationship between operators of telecommunications services and national disaster offices.
This paper suggests numerous areas for engagement between these entities and recommends the development of more formalized frameworks for mutual support

  • Opportunities within disaster risk management at national level for developers working on common alerting protocol, early warning systems, OTT messaging , safety check-in apps.

    Opportunities for telecommunications regulators and operators to work closer with National Disaster Offices and regional disaster management