Title

Emerging trends toward holistic disaster preparedness

Document Type

Conference Paper

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Proceedings of the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management international conference

Publication Date

5-12-2013

First Page

764

Last Page

769

Abstract

Our research reflects an emerging shift in understandings of effective preparedness practices from siloed approaches toward more holistic views. We trace a shifting perspective emerging in literature and present in the early qualitative data of current preparedness experts’ interviews within an international humanitarian organization whose core mission is disaster preparedness and response. Designing effective information systems for disaster preparedness requires us to better understand the dynamic and implicit ways practitioners define effective work. Our pilot research begins to uncover preparedness experts’ perspectives, with plans for the study to investigate how preparedness practitioners view, conduct, and evaluate their work at the lowest-level1. Our long-term research goal is to realize implications for the more effective design of tools and systems to support disaster preparedness.

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