Properly planned, established, and applied communications enable the dissemination of information among command and support elements and, as appropriate, cooperating agencies and organizations. Establishing and maintaining this communications plan is vital to a successful disaster response program.
Effective disaster response activities rely on flexible communications and information systems that provide a common operating picture to emergency management/response personnel and their affiliated organizations.
Working with other agencies and organizations during and after a disaster can be challenging. We aim to ensure that our disaster response program is working as efficiently as possible with others. We hold an interagency response meeting on a routine basis, so that we know what agencies are conducting what kind of response activities and to avoid duplication unless absolutely necessary. Most communities develop a disaster-specific Unmet Needs Roundtable, in which organizations, agencies, and disaster response programs work collaboratively to determine how donated funds and other resources can be used most effectively to support disaster-affected individuals, families, and other groups. This is especially important in planning for long-term, sustainable recovery from disaster-caused needs. Consider having representation at the Unmet Needs Roundtable, so that we can inform and adjust our needs assessment, staffing, and outreach strategy accordingly wherever possible.