The following extract is from a report written by the National Academy of Sciences:-

 

"Geospatial data and tools should be an essential part of every stage of emergency management, from planning through response and recovery to the mitigation of future events. If future emergency responses are to be more effective, significant investments should be made in training of personnel, coordination among agencies, sharing of data and tools, planning and preparedness, and the tools themselves".


The complete report can be found at http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/materials-based-on-reports/reports-in-brief/successful_response_final.pdf