When disasters strike they have devastating effects on people's lives, and on the economy. The latest data show that in 2016 more than 445 million people were affected by disasters. Twenty-six million people were forced into poverty. The impact is even worse for those living in remote and isolated areas with no access to basic information and communication facilities. Emergency telecommunications play a critical role in disaster risk reduction and management. ICTs are critical to deliver early warnings and in the immediate aftermath of disasters by ensuring timely flow of vital information.