Updated: Jun 24
An Integrated Emergency Management System works as a computer-based framework for comprehensive emergency management that allows managing all scales of hazards, incidents, and risks by integrating collaboration and information sharing on state, federal, and local levels.
There is a multitude of political, economic, social, and environmental issues that cities at all levels face. Governments around the world have to ensure the well-being of their citizens by fostering public safety, national security, a healthy economy, and well-functioning communities.
Public safety and security are the areas where response time is very critical. There are natural, human-made, accidental, technological, societal, and biological hazards that require well-coordinated actions from the defense teams, government agencies, public health agencies, and emergency management organizations.
Integrated Emergency Management System fosters collaborations and partnerships, improving relations between all the stakeholders in the decision-making process in the communities. This creates an organizational culture that leads to achieving unity of efforts between key community partners, the government, and the private sector.
Pre-existing data is used to provide baselines to compare to data collected during and after an incident and is shared within the system to make better critical decisions that aids in readiness and effective response at all times. This response comes out as well coordinated with informed engagements while attending to the emergencies. There is an overall rapid return to normalcy. This is very critical in promoting public safety and security.
Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS) serves the function of integrating organizational and administrative components that aid in developing, maintaining, and managing both normal and emergency operations in an efficient and cost-effective capability. Computer-generated data, data from social media, and data from vast sensor networks are used to analyze hazards, and undertake regular assessments on threats and risks across cities.
Integrated Emergency Management System facilitates the incorporation of efficient systematic methods to search, analyze and share new information. Government agencies are continuously using this information to plan, train, exercise, and inform those who may be required to respond to emergencies. This preparation is also very fundamental in preventing, eliminating, and reducing risks.
Comprehensive and integrated emergency management is a key priority for all governments and policymakers in achieving public safety and security.
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