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Emergency Telecommunication - Saving Lives Brochure

It is an information publication on ITU interventions on emergency situations

Question 22/2 – Utilization of ICT for disaster management, resources, and active and passive space-based sensing systems as they apply to disaster and emergency relief situations

This publication, which is the first output of the ITU-D Study Group 2 Question 22/2, is meant to facilitate the implementation of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standard for public alerting and hazard notification in disasters and emergency situations. CAP addresses the long-standing need to coordinate the information content across all of the mechanisms used for warnings and alerts. The publication contributes to the rest of the work being undertaken as part of the Doha Action Plan implementation.

Compendium of ITU'S Work on Emergency Telecommunications 2007​ ​

This publication presents, for the first time under one cover, the work being done by ITU's three Sectors (Radiocommunication, Standardization and Telecommunication Development) in the field of emergency telecommunications (or disaster communications). The release of this compendium is timely since disasters are striking with increased frequency and magnitude, resulting in unprecedented loss of human life, not to mention economic disruption and damage.


​ ​Best Practice on Emergency Telecommunications

Best Practice on Emergency Telecommunications is a publication by the Telecommunication Development Bureau that seeks to share information among ITU Member States on preparing and responding to emergencies through telecommunications/ICT. Lessons have been drawn from a number of countries that generously provided information collected through responses to a distributed questionnaire. Following the analysis of practices by participating countries, a model national emergency telecommunications plan has been developed for use by other countries.
The contents of this publication will also prove useful to all humanitarian specialists, private sector, scholars, and civil society as telecommunications/ICT is a tool that should be accessible and useful to all especially in times of crisis or disasters.
It is not the intention of this publication to develop a template or form for every country to follow. The aim has been to showcase good processes, and planning practiced by other countries leaving room for innovation and creativity based on flexibility on the part of the user.

Handbook on  Emergency Telecommunications - Edition 2005​​ ​

This Handbook on Emergency Telecommunications is written to serve as a close companion to those involved in the work of providing as well as using telecommunications for disaster mitigation and relief.  While this handbook is meant to be simple, it is comprehensive, compact and contains useful factual information that is concise and organized for easy access especially by practitioners. French version - Spanish version

​ ​Handbook on Disaster Communications - Edition 2001. (Available for sale)

​This publication permits the reader to evaluate, plan and conduct communications under the extraordinary conditions that accompany both, natural and man made disasters. It is designed to provide an overview of the field of Disaster Communications by describing the various services and networks in telecommunications while, at the same time providing a framework for analysis of strengths and weaknesses.


​Telecommunications Saves Lives: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Disaster Response, Mitigation and Prevention