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In Mozambique, disaster-prone districts are required to prepare contingency plans that include lists of potentially affected communities and details on the populations of these communities, the transport infrastructure, and the location of available stores and equipment (food, fuel, and vehicles). The baseline data should be assembled in advance as part of the process of becoming prepared for disaster. Much of the information will be scattered across separate record and documentation systems at various government agencies.
TEC reports underline how rare it is for beneficiaries to be consulted. Local governments generally recognize the need to end the relief phase early, but the humanitarian world, which is sometimes referred to as the largest unregulated industry (Walter 2004), often stretches out the relief phase (immediate or delayed) until the funds earmarked for relief have been exhausted. Several issues affect the transition back to normality: ● A cultural gap often exists between disaster managers and development experts in the perception of disaster and therefore in the approaches they adopt.
In Guatemala, poor communications, the lack of clear operational procedures, and the lack of a culture of evidence-based decision making all weakened demand. Designing an Effective System It is clear from the case studies that information management systems may serve as a support tool in many situations during the response to a disaster. The best system design will be the one that satisfies information needs U S I N G D ATA A G A I N S T D I S A S T E R S : O V E R V I E W 13 and that is most effective within national institutional structures and operational procedures.