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Data + Disasters: Harnessing the power of data to strengthen emergency response and recovery
Attend this panel to learn more about how governments can use data in critical moments for disaster response and recovery.

In the last year, we’ve seen emergency responders and governments respond to fires, floods, and public health disasters with every resource they have. But many public decision-makers fail to take advantage of one of their most powerful tools: data.

Accurate, timely information can drastically improve emergency response, though it can be hard for responders to find the right data at the right time.

We’ll share:
- Stories from Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and the California wildfires about how civic data champions were able to fill data gaps on the fly to better serve residents.
- Lessons from the field about how state and county public health agencies might design better data strategies in the wake of COVID-19.
- How states are reimagining the crucial role of data in responding to peoples’ needs during the long economic recovery ahead.

State and local government innovators have proven that insights from good data can fundamentally improve how governments respond to crises. But research on data use for response and recovery from COVID-19 have shown that governments have a long way to go before they’re able to effectively leverage data for good.

Mar 11, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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