One of the most difficult issues within the disaster management sector revolves around the ability to safely share information, ensuring its accuracy during emergencies.
All agencies participating in disaster management activities should, as far as legally possible, share data sets whether or not the relevance is immediately obvious.
Through its interoperability and innovation stream, the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management has been working to find ways to make this easier for all stakeholders without imposing unrealistic costs or mandating technologies.
This work has shown there is no silver bullet but rather highlighted the need for a methodical approach to the underlying issues.
Working with the Office of the Information Commissioner, the Office of the IGEM commissioned a short guide line on the subject.
The Office of the Information Commissioner has now produced a Guideline on Privacy and managing disaster events
Both resources may be of interest to the disaster management community.