The value of spatial information for emergency services
Update of the EENA GIS operations document
The value of spatial information in emergency management comes from the benefits of integrating technologies designed to support spatial decision-making in a field where the aim is to reduce or avoid potential losses from risks and hazards, assure prompt and appropriate response, and achieve quick and effective recovery.
Access to complete, credible, easy-to-use and timely spatial - and non-spatial - information about geographical objects and factors and their influence are prerequisites for making the right decisions or support geographical inquiries.
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"The value of spatial information for emergency services"
We would like to thank Mr. Helmut Wittmann (IABG, Germany) for his time and contributions to this document.
EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high-quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout the EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, researchers, associations and solution providers with a view to improving the emergency response in accordance with citizens' requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies.
The EENA memberships include more than 1300 emergency services representatives from over 80 countries world-wide, 80 solution providers, 15 international associations/organisations, more than 200 Members of the European Parliament and over 90 researchers.